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Brave Announces Coming Browser With Support for Chrome Extensions

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Brave, an open source web browser by Mozilla’s co-founder that claims to block ads and trackers. It also helps in facilitating cryptocurrency-based micro-transactions between content consumers and producers. Brave has announced development plans for its upcoming 1.0 release. The new release will transition to being based on Chromium – making it compatible with all of Google Chrome’s extensions and features.

Brave has published a document revealing that it has been developing a new browser “based on Chromium […] which also uses Chromium’s native user interface instead of [its] current HTML and Javascript UI” in recent months. The “rewrite” has been made “available for developers as open source.”

The update states that the Brave 1.0 “is coming later this year,”. However, no estimate is given as to a specific launch date. The document states that the open source version made available to developers “is not yet ready to be released as an upgrade”. “Critical features such as Brave Payments, Tor private tabs, and sync still need to be added based on the Muon implementations.”

What is new?

The new release will “have support for nearly all [Google] Chrome features and extension APIs,” unlike the current Brave browser. Despite supporting chrome’s extensions, Brave claims that the new browser will not “includ[e] any code that phones home to Google, or to the Chrome Web Store.” The document also notes that “Brave for Android already uses Chromium fully, […] without the code for Google accounts, sync, or other Google-specific surveillance risks.”

The company is also working on updating it’s iOS browser, stating that it is “now in the midst of moving” from UI Web View “to WK Web View to benefit from Apple’s newer engine and preferred embedding solution.”

Lastly, Brave users will “soon” be given to option “see opt-in, private […] ads,” for which they will be distributed a “70% revenue share” on advertising earnings in the form of Brave’s cryptocurrency, Basic Attention Token (BAT).

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