Privacy Focused Tor Browser Launches Official Android App

The Tor Browser is now available on Google

The Tor Browser is now available on Google

The new Android browser now brings Tor features directly into a standalone browser, replacing the Orbot/Orfox as the main way to connect to the Tor network via Android devices.

In brief: Eight months after its alpha release, the first stable version of the Tor browser for Android has arrived on the Google Play store.

"When you use Tor Browser for Android, your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network".

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The Tor team, which had released the first alpha version of Tor Browser 8.5 for Android in September 2018 is looking to offer mobile users the same level of secure browsing experience and privacy as the desktop users enjoy.

The group behind the Tor browser believes that browsing is increasingly mobile, and numerous Tor browser users now need to be able to use the browser on their mobile devices, too. "In these same areas, there is often heavy surveillance and censorship online, so we made it a priority to reach these users", Tor Browser developer Nicolas Vigier explained.

The Tor Project team has ensured there are no proxy bypasses and first-party isolation is enabled in the browser to protect users from cross-site tracking.

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The app is based on Firefox v60 so the interface and features will be similar such as private mode and tabbed browsing. Tor Browser 8.5 was also released for other platforms with more accessible security settings and a revamped look.

Tor said there's no iOS Tor Browser because Apple apparently blocks needed computing processes and forces browser companies to use its own engine. Of course, as Silk Road showed, the Tor network can also be used to hide drug deals and other illegal activities.

As for iOS users, the devs pointed out that there isn't an iOS Tor Browser, but they recommend Onion Browser as a good alternative for iPhone and iPad users. Apart from coding, he likes sci-fi books and movies, especially the Star Wars saga.

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