Microsoft Edge Preview Comes to Android

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, iOS, Mobile with 34 Comments

One week after Microsoft announced that it would deliver Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS, the Android version of the mobile web browser is now publicly available in preview form too.

Microsoft previously released a preview version on iOS—actually, iPhone—only, first to Windows Insiders only and then, a few days later, to any interested party. But at the time, it said that the Android version would be available soon, and the software giant provided a sign-up page for interested parties.

So if you did sign-up to be notified about Microsoft Edge on Android, you probably received an email message today announcing its release.

“Thank you for your interest!” the message notes. “The Microsoft Edge Preview for Android is now available for download in the Google Play Store.”

I’m traveling today—I guess I really missed driving between Boston and Pennsylvania, so I’m doing it again for kicks—but I did download Microsoft Edge Preview on Android at a rest area in Connecticut. And looking at it (very) quickly, it does appear to look like, and mimic the behavior of, the iPhone version.

But you don’t have to take my word for it: You can download the Microsoft Edge Preview for yourself from Google Play Store and check it out too.

 

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36 responses to “Microsoft Edge Preview Comes to Android”

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    offTheRecord

    Any reason someone would want to use Edge instead of Chrome (or any other browser, for that matter) on Android?

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    jdmp10

    I installed it and tried it out a bit, doesn't feel noticeably faster or slower than Chrome Canary I use primarily. I do have about half a dozen other browsers on my phone ranging from Firefox Nightly to Samsung's browser to Opera but always revert to Chrome mainly for synced browser history. Being that I don't use Edge on a desktop, I don't see using this mobile version day to day but I'll keep it installed to see how it progresses.

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    crfonseca

    Is it me or it doesn't yet sync favourites and reading list?

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    CSherman

    I don't know how MS did it, but Edge is spectacularly fast on my 3yo phone, way quicker than chrome or lightning in fact, which I've been using so far.


    And it's the only browser that manges to keep several tabs in memory at the same time without the need to reload and thereby discard your work on every tab change. True tabbed browsing at last!

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    Daekar

    Downloaded last night. Pretty good, not ready to leave preview though. Slow at the moment, and no extensions. Will keep using it to see how things change.

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    lilmoe

    Needs time and lots of work. I really want to use edge one my phone, but Samsung's browser is just too good, much faster and way more fluid.


    Dear Microsoft, don't set Chrome as your reference on Android, it really sucks. Samsung's browser is gaining a lot more much traction now, and it isn't only available for Samsung devices only, but for any device ruining Android. It really is the benchmark for browsers on Android ATM. Try to surpass that.

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    kjb434

    GREAT! Now my future Android device can almost complete rip out the Google parts.

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    dnglws75

    I haven't heard of Edge on Android supporting extensions in the future, but that feature would lock me in once it syncs my passwords. Chrome is painful without an adblock extension. I use Firefox, but I'm not particularly fond of the interface on Android.

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    mmcpher

    My new default and looking and loading good so far.

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    redstar92

    Very nice so far. Needs password syncing and book support. Ink / markup support would be nice too

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    RedSign

    I really understand that Microsoft does not use EdgeHTML as the rendering Engine for its Android version of Edge. But I really fear the threat to the diversity of browser engines due to the dominance of Blink and Webkit. I recently switched from Edge to Firefox on the desktop and will use Firefox on the upcoming Android device replacing my aging Lumia 950 to support Gecko as the only browser engine really competing against Blink/Webkit.

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    harmjr

    I really like this UI when compared to chrome its minor changes but I like them. Having reading mode too is a plus.

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    Dan1986ist

    Supposed to be Compatible with Android 4.4 and higher. Yet my Acer Iconia One 8 tablet with Version 4.4.4 is not compatible with this version. Anybody else with Android Tablets not phones have this issue as well?

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    Frank Verhoef

    The browser is nice and snappy, but no build in ad-blocker means i'll never use it.

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