Brave 1.37 Adds Sidebar, Custom New Tab Backgrounds

Brave today released version 1.37 of its desktop web browser, adding a new sidebar, custom new tab backgrounds, and more.

“The Brave browser fundamentally shifts how users interact online, combining privacy-by-default with web3 integration and a native crypto wallet,” the announcement post explains. “Today’s desktop browser update (v1.37) carries that mission forward, offering several new features to make the browsing experience more customizable and private, and to bring more crypto swap options to Brave Wallet.”

Here’s a breakdown of the new features:

New sidebar. Brave’s new sidebar is disabled by default—an option Microsoft should consider for every new Edge feature—but, when enabled, it lets you manage your bookmarks, add shortcuts to favorite websites, and quickly access the Brave Talk video conferencing solution and Brave Wallet integrated crypto wallet.

Custom backgrounds for New Tab pages. The Brave new tab page features a rotation of nature and monument images from various photographers, but now you can add your own customized backgrounds as well.

More swap options in Brave Wallet. Because Ethereum network fees are so high, Brave Wallet users can now execute multi-chain swaps, with access to more EVM compatible chains with much lower network fees. And Wallet users can add and manage multiple networks, unlocking more ways to swap, Brave says.

Unlinkable bouncing. Brave’s previously announced unlinkable bouncing feature is now available in the browser. With this feature, each visit to a web page appears as a unique, first-time visit, helping to thwart tracking.

Brave also revealed that version 1.37 of its iPhone app will be available soon, offering password sync with desktop and Android, and a new Night Mode.

You can download Brave 1.37 for desktop from the Brave website.

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  • thurottgem

    01 April, 2022 - 1:19 am

    <p>Paul, I know you mentioned you wouldn’t recommend Brave or other niche browsers to casuals (Windows Weekly), but I actually think they can handle it. By default, Brave has standard shields, but you can set it to aggressive, which gets close to uBlock Origin level of adblocking. I explained to my parents about how to manage shields and so far all has been great.</p><p><br></p><p>I understand where you’re coming from, though. Brave settings are not exactly the easiest to understand for a casual person. It’s really a shame what happened with Edge, it was supposed to be the clean Chromium alternative to Chrome.</p><p><br></p><p>Of course every situation will vary!</p>

  • jeffrye

    04 April, 2022 - 12:25 pm

    <p>I wish Brave would add gestures. That’s one of my favorite features. I know I could probably get a plug-in but it’s not obvious which plug-ins are reputable. </p><p><br></p><p>I’m also annoyed by Brave’s obsession with crypto.</p><p><br></p><p>Other than that, it’s a good browser.</p>

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