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Dec
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There are plenty of legitimate reasons for wanting a private browser mode. Maybe you're on a shared device and you don't want to leave history. Maybe you're concerned that you're being watched by shadowy government alphabet organizations (and you are). But let's be honest with ourselves here: the most common reason for using Incognito or private mode is porn. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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On the other hand, it's kind of a pain to switch between standard and private modes in any browser, making you less likely to actually use the privacy/security/monkey-spanking feature. To that end the makers of Dolphin Browser have released Dolphin Zero, a mobile browser that's all-private, all the time. It's just like that place out on the highway that's open 24 hours, with parking in the rear.

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Dolphin Zero uses the same rendering engine and most of the same UI and navigation features as Dolphin Browser, but does not collect or store history, form or input data, passwords, cached files, cookies, location data, or even favicons. (Of course you can always mess that up by saving files to your device's storage. You know. For later.) The app should get updated right along with Dolphin Browser where applicable. Dolphin Zero is compatible with Android 2.2 or later, and like this post, is rated "low maturity."

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Daniel Smith

    Does it have the menu button of shame?

    • spacekobra

      Nope

  • anmolm97

    Does it setup a proxy?

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      No proxy settings, it's kind of like the incognito mode from Chrome. Other than that, nothing else.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Poll time: who watches porn on a cell phone?

    • Milind Shah

      People on the go xD

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        ... On the go or on the come? xD

        *ba-dum-tss*

        • Ivan Myring

          *groan*

          • Sam Hollis

            *moan*

        • tehckotek

          both

        • Trap

          *ba-dum-jizz*

      • devrindare

        Hahaha, great answer

    • abobobilly

      Portability expands pornability. Take that thing in a public toilet with strong WiFi coverage and rub one off ... come out (literally) and feel proud.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Portability expands pornability. We should put that on a t-shirt.

        • abobobilly

          I am touched.
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          Oh shit.

    • Mike Reid

      Not "old" me, but...

      Young people with raging hormones perhaps ? Who don't want to leave traces on the family computers, family Internet, or on their own home PCs where their parents might see it ?

      Or who need portability to use their preferred viewing locations ? And to show their buddies their latest finds ?

    • Jebediah Woods

      I do, almost daily.

  • h_f_m

    This is no more private that any other Browser for those "Alphabet organizations" due to the fact that it's using the same pipes. The only thing I find it useful for right now is christmas shopping so I don't leave a history of amazon items.. well as long as my wife doesn't go digging around in my amazon acct..

    Otherwise I don't have anything to hide from people I know, and this browser isn't going to do jack for you unless you want to hide from your wife/friends.

  • Severo Rivera

    At first I thought I read "The internet is for pom"lol!

  • yihtang

    that notification bar...

    • Mr E

      NOTIFY ALL OF THE THINGS!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      gah! my eyes!!

    • dmo580

      Am I the only one who feels the notification bar is like the tray icons like in Windows? The dumber the user, the more crap (junk apps) they have in there.

      • George

        so true...

  • Mike L

    Just look at that cute pussy! (cat)

    • abobobilly

      Too rugged.

  • http://srinivasg.com/ Srinivas Gollapudi

    Dumps the tracking? By whom? Those nasty websiteses? Or the NSAs...They always watches us, my precious. Yes, yes..they does!

  • Whyzor

    Um, how about just make it easier to turn on/off the private mode in regular Browser instead of a separate app install? Same thing with the Dolphin JetPack app too. Don't see the point in having another apk for a simple setting.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Could be useful to browse the TOR network.

    EDIT: Nevermind, no proxy settings within the browser. Actually, not any settings at all in the app.

    • Sine KP

      You can adjust all your traffic throughout Orbot and surf with any browser

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        You need to be rooted to do that.

    • Sine KP

      In proxy host name: localhost / In proxy port:8118

      6.) Tap save! Open your web browser to https://check.torproject.org to make sure it is working
      For Cell Data:
      1.) Settings -> More Settings -> Mobile Networks -> Access Point Names

      2.) Menu key -> New APN

      3.) Give the new APN a name, and for tmobile the APN is epc.tmobile.com

      4.) Proxy: localhost / Port: 8118

      5.) Menu key -> Save

      6.) Make sure the green dot is on that new APN and open your browser. Navigate to https://check.torproject.org

  • L T

    Guys I think only tools like OrBot https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.torproject.android&hl=en used with their browser. Or even better on rooted device configured for routing all the traffic through Tor network. And even this is not perfect. The "Big brother" will still be able to get you if really need to.

    The best solution in my opinion is: if you feel you need to hide something on-line just DO NOT DO IT. ;) Then you will be good and only in the mercy of your own judgement. Unfortunately if your judgement is not good then nothing could help you, I am afraid. :) Sorry!

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      Orweb (the browser that goes with Orbot) does not work on Android 4.4, and not everyone wants to root their devices.

      This could have been a good workaround, but right now this browser isn't really useful.

      • Islay banishing

        Use it with Firefox and a plugin

  • Simon Belmont

    This is interesting, but I don't entirely see the point. Is it that hard to open an incognito tab?

    I mean, yeah, I get it, there's no chance of making a mistake and forgetting to open an incognito tab with this app, but still. It just seems like it's just one less step than your normal browser.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm on the same page. I don't understand why we need a whole separate browser for this. Incognito mode (or its equivalent for regular Dolphin) should be just fine. Separate app? Overkill.

      • ItKindaFeelsGoodThough

        I guess for those paranoid "NSA is coming to shove something up my ass" kind of people, it might make some sense.

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        Like the saying goes: One step forward, two steps back.

      • andy_o

        You can't open Incognito mode when you're following a link from another app though, that's the use case that immediately occurred to me.

        • Simon Belmont

          That's a good thought. You know it, would be cool if Google allowed you to have an intent to open in Chrome (normal) and open in Chrome (incognito).

          That would be really easy to implement. Do this, Google.

    • rolo143

      Seems pretty useless to me. I always have private mode activated on the normal Dolphin browser. Because of the shadowy government organizations, you know. .. (pokerface)

    • tltan86

      One advantage is having a small footprint. Definitely good for performance.

  • Ano

    Smartphones or tablets I would never use for surfing porn. Also personnal email, banking, some types of searches, location on (most of the time), etc. are for me out of the question on mobile devices. When I still used to occasionally surf porn I would rather multiboot to Gnu/Linux (in stead of Windows) or open a virtual machine (Virtualbox) and surf with Tor. Or better go usenet via now dead FTD. But to be honost I lost my interest in watching porn. The real thing is so much better....

    • uniquename72

      WTF porn are you looking at that you're so paranoid about? Scary, man.

  • Trent Callahan

    So many facepalms.

  • Ikinari

    There are multiple reasons as to why I like a fully incognito web browser (my Firefox on desktop is always in private browsing). Three reasons follow:

    1. Accessing my bank account
    2. Signing into social networks (I hate persistent logins)
    3. Clicking on Twitter/Play Newsstand links (so that they don't clog up autocomplete)

    What I do like about D0 is that it's stupidly fast, and doesn't suffer from any of the in-app lag that Chrome does. It's barebones, but looks nice while doing it.

  • sammidam

    Gave up on Dolphin because of all the permissions it uses - which damn browser needs access to my contacts? gtfo.
    Long live Firefox.

  • Paul_Werner
  • lincruste

    Dolphin Browser = Webzine scandal. Forever. They have no credibility about privacy concerns.

  • CERN

    Helpful if used with Orbot

  • Silens

    I wrote a small 'review' here: http://blog.paulglushak.com/articles/dolphin-zero?lang=en
    TL;DR - It's pointless.

  • http://www.moviein3d.net/ Caitlin Roberts

    Shame on you for associating privacy and porn, I hope your private bank account details get stolen.