Naked Browser on PocketablesNaked Browser is a small web browsing app that does one thing extremely well: browse.

Pages load at the speed of the connection, the app launches instantly, and the whole thing has a footprint of 114K, or about 600K unpacked. To contrast, Google Chrome installed on the HTC EVO 4G LTE is about 60MB for the app (or about 100 times larger). The end result of the smaller footprint is the browser not being killed as you swap between applications.

Naked Browser also doesn’t require permissions it doesn’t need. If you care about application permissions, you’ll note that other browsers require a lot they’ll never need. Naked Browser needs full network communications, storage, and the ability to prevent the phone from sleeping so downloads won’t pause. The lack of permissions means some things are not available to mobile web pages, such as location data, and you won’t have access to account information or some of the other things that make modern browsers so neat. The upside is that Naked Browser doesn’t track you.

For my daily uses, I can’t use Naked Browser exclusively, but it’s the best browser for just pulling up Google and hitting a web page or two.

In my extremely unscientific tests, it took about ten seconds to launch Chrome Beta and get to Google. The same task took about four seconds for Naked Browser, although I think it would have taken less if I could type into the browser bar faster.

QR for Naked BrowserSwitching between tabs is instantaneous, with no reloading, no halting background tabs, and no reloading when switched like Chrome seems to do on my EVO.

Naked Browser is available for free, but if you’re in love with the app there’s a pro version available for $1.44, and it’s worth it to support the developer.

Download: Google Play