The Android operating system is about the most popular in the world—and as a matter of fact, the most powerful. Not to be outdone in the ongoing browser war, Microsoft is bringing its Edge browser to Android OS. What that means is that you will now be able to download and use the Edge browser on your Android phone; something that was not possible before now.
Recall that the iOS version of the browser was released only a couple of days ago with a promise to launch the Android browser. Now, the browser is available on all mobile OS, and that will give Microsoft the opportunity it needs to maybe “compete” with Google, Apple Mozilla Opera, and the likes in the browser market.
For now, according to Softpedia, the Android version of the Edge browser is still in preview, but is available for download. However, some minor changes could still be made before it finally makes its entry. What that means again is that you might come across bugs and instability that could affect its performance.
Microsoft is offering some cool features in the mobile version of its Edge browser. “Continue on PC” is a feature that synchronizes your Android and Windows 10 PC. Your browser and data will be synced, allowing you to continue where you left off from in any of your device. Cool as this tool is, only users with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can enjoy or access it.
The good news is that Microsoft says it’s brining the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update next week—and that means everyone should enjoy and have access to the Continue on PC tool without the need for an insider build. However, you need a Microsoft account used for logging in on your Android and Windows 10.
The new Edge browser for Android is only available in English for now, but expect Microsoft to add more languages at a later date. So, if your version is 4.4 and above, you can head to the Google Play Store to download it. The preview will take about 56MB of your phone space; but could take much more than that when the full version is finally out probably soon.
Back in 2015, Microsoft introduced Edge as the web browser for its Windows 10 OS. Microsoft announced Edge as the Internet Explorer replacement for Windows 10; effectively edging out its old browser that was a toast of millions of people back in the days.
One of the most impressive features of Microsoft Edge is Cortana integration. While the digital assistant is already in the center of Windows 10, Microsoft tied the service with Edge to get you a better browsing experience.
While the browser war intensifies, Microsoft can only continue to push its Edge browser further across popular operating systems if it wants to remain relevant and not be pushed out of the market. As a matter of fact, launching the iOS and Android versions of the browser is no assurance that it will dominate and push others aside; a lot still has to be done.