Brave Reveals Plans for New, Chromium-based Browser for Desktop

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While a Chromium-based desktop browser has been in the works for some time, former Mozilla CEO, now Brave’s, has recently made public the roadmap for a newer build. This reworked browser boasts a different UI, Chrome extension support, but it excludes communications with Google’s services. Brave developers point out that the rewrite will allow their focus to shift to Brave-specific components, such as their ad-blocking services and Brave Payments. This new browser is also now open-source and available for other developers.

Same front-end, new features brought to the table

Reportedly, the older browser’s JavaScript and HTML UI will give way to Chromium’s native UI, and it will thus also support Chromium-compatible extensions. Adding to this is what Brave has long been known for: its built-in advertisement-, tracking-, and crypto-mining blockers, as well as protection from malicious content. Part of the plan to shield users’ privacy is to exclude code that calls back to Google and its services.

The announcement article goes on to say that they will continue to base their software on the best core and OS-specific technologies available, emphasizing that on iOS, they are moving the browser from Apple’s UIWebView to their newer WKWebView, in order to fully utilize the latter engine’s capabilities. They also state that on Android, Brave is already benefiting from Chromium to its fullest extent, but without Google’s specific account and synchronization code.

The team also outlines two new services by the name Brave Payments and the Basic Attention Token (BAT). These will allow users to transfer money without a fuss to their preferred sites and content creators, and eventually, end users will be able to opt-in to see BAT-specific advertisements, allowing them to receive a 70% share of revenue. Both of these features will be optional.

Plans for the new build

Although currently not suitable for widespread usage, the article details the scheduled updates and features for Brave: Brave Payments, private Tor tabs, and synchronization option. The next great milestone in sight is “upgradable builds” to allow contributors to test and give feedback. Until the release of version 1.0, users will be able to have both stable and in-development builds installed and provide feedback on them.

While a release date has not yet been made available, the team states that they are some months away from finalizing the rewrite. Developers can follow and contribute via the shared GitHub links. Read the article here: https://brave.com/development-plans-for-upcoming-release/.