It was only last week when Microsoft announced that Edge will be rolled out for iOS and Android, and today the browser, still in beta, is now available on Android. It is also available for iPhone, but right now it’s on an invite basis and is limited to very few users.
The best part of Edge on Android is that it uses the native “Blink” engine of the Android platform instead of Microsoft’s own engine. This makes it work much faster, and also compete with Chrome, and Safari. I have tried it only for few hours, and I can say its fast, but with bugs which I am hoping will be ironed out.
Why did Microsoft roll out Edge for Android?
Its majorly for PC users who also use Edge on their PC, and want to have the same experience as they have on the PC. Content and data sync seamlessly in the background, so users can browse across devices. It also features HUB which allows users to organize the web they find it easier. Its all about the seamless experience, and here is the feature list:
- Continue on PC: Go anywhere and pick up where you left off by seamlessly moving content between your mobile device and PC (requires Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update).
- Data Sync: Your favorites and reading list are synced across your devices, so no matter the device, your browser is always personalized to you.
- Hub View: With your favorites, reading list, history, and books all in one place, finding and managing your content is made simple.
- Reading View: Reorganize the content on a web page to make it easier to focus on what you’re reading.
- QR Code Reader: Easily read QR codes at the touch of a button. Microsoft Edge will pull up the reading and information right onto your screen.
- Voice Search: You can now use your voice to search the web. Ask a question or speak a prompt to use the web in more natural, familiar ways.
- InPrivate: When you browse with InPrivate mode, your browsing data (like your history, temporary internet files, and cookies) isn’t saved on your PC once you’re done.
Once you install, you will have an option to sign-in with your Microsoft account. You should do this if you want to get all your bookmarks, browsing history etc which you have it on the PC.