Jio has launched its own web browser called JioPages. The web browser is available on Android only as of now and users can download it from the Google PlayStore. The press release sent by Jio reads, “While keeping privacy at the core of the browser, JioPages provides superior performance when compared to its peers. It is built on the powerful Chromium Blink engine, it provides enhanced browsing experience through faster engine migration, best-in-class webpage rendering, faster page loads, efficient media streaming, Emoji domain support and encrypted connection.” JioPages has been designed entirely in India and brings with it a host of features.
JioPages lets users personalise their home screen with search engines such as Google, Bing, MSN, Yahoo or Duck Duck Go, as their default search engine. Users can also pin the links of their favourite websites on the home screen for quick and easy access.
The background of the browser can also be changed and users can always opt for a dark theme if that’s something they prefer.
Just like we’ve seen on Google Discover, it looks like JioPages will offer a content feed customised to suit the user’s preference. This will include language, topic and region. According to Jio, “JioPages sends notifications only on topics that are either important or of interest to the user”.
The browser will also bring with it ‘Informative Cards’ giving users information like stock market trends, commodity prices or cricket score, and more. This information is displayed in a compact clickable banner on the screen.
According to Jio, “The browser supports eight Indian languages: Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali. Users also have the option of customising the content feed according to their preferred state. Upon selecting a state, the popular sites of the state start appearing on the screen”.
JioPages automatically categorises downloads according to the file type such as image, video, document or pages. This helps make file management easier and also makes it easier for you to find what you’ve downloaded.
The Incognito Mode gives user private browsing by “preventing browsing history from being stored in the system”. On JioPages, users also have the ability to set a four-digit security PIN or fingerprint as an access code to Incognito mode.
As for annoying ads, the browser blocks “unsolicited ads and popups” to give the user a better browsing experience.