Tor Project has finally released the official Tor Browser for Android. The app has been released in alpha stage for the moment but will be moving to the stable version through the usual phase of testing and various updates.
Tor Browser for Android is aimed at helping smartphone users browse the web anonymously. It will allow them to browse their favorite websites without having to worry about getting tracked. It blocks almost all sorts of third-party trackers and ads which is further boosted by the automatic cookie cleaning once a user exits the browser.
This is the first official Tor browser for Android and is based on Firefox v60. Prior to this, Android users had no other choice but to use another browser called Orfox. It is a browser approved by Tor Project and relies on Orbot proxy app for making an anonymous connection via the Tor network. While the official browser also works only when you are using Orbot, the team has plans of eliminating the need for the same by the time stable version becomes available.
As mentioned in the beginning, Tor Browser for Android is currently in alpha stage. It means you should expect bugs and unexpected performance issues while using the same. You might also face troubles while browsing certain websites but all such issues should get fixed as the team will keep rolling out updates.
Here are the key Tor Browser for Android features:
DEFEND AGAINST SURVEILLANCE
Tor Browser prevents someone watching your connection from knowing what websites you visit. All anyone monitoring your browsing habits can see is that you’re using Tor.
Tor aims to make all users look the same, making it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information.
When you use Tor Browser for Android, your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network. The network is comprised of thousands of volunteer-run servers known as Tor relays. Watch this animation to learn more about how it works:
With Tor Browser for Android, you are free to access sites your local internet service provider may have blocked.