Reliance Jio on Wednesday launched JioPages, a Web browser based on Chromium Blink with support for features like encrypted connections, and support for eight Indian languages, and is now available for download on Google Play. The company claims that the new mobile web-browser has been “conceptualised and designed entirely in India.” In its announcement, Reliance Jio highlighted Web security and data privacy, and on the Google Play listing, it also notes other features such as news content localised in different Indian languages, a smart download manager, incognito browsing, themes, encrypted connections and more. The company does not seem to have launched the iOS variant of the browser as of now. The eight regional languages supported by the device include Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Bengali and also set up their regional preferences from different states. Users can set the app language and the regional content preferences from the browser’s settings.
Key features of the browser except for the regional language support and content curation, include a PIN-locked Incognito Mode and a built-in Adblock Plus. As per the announcement, the browser is based on Chromium Blink, and provides “enhanced browsing experience through faster engine migration, best- in-class webpage rendering, faster page loads, efficient media streaming, Emoji domain support and encrypted connection. Jio also stated that JioPages was conceptualised and designed entirely in India, although the underlying Blink rendering engine was developed with contributions from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Opera Software, Adobe Systems, Intel, IBM, Samsung, and others. JioPages will come with a browser feed, which will be customised according to the user’s language settings, region, and topic settings. This browser feed will be populated with content cards, which will show the latest news, cricket scores, market prices and more. The browser will also send its users push notifications for the pages that it thinks will interest the user. The Adblock Plus feature will block a majority of ads, allowing in only acceptable ads. It will also allow users to whitelist domains to show ads. Users will be able to choose a default search engine, and apart from Google other options include Bing, Yahoo, and Duck Duck Go, and JioPages comes with a dark mode theme out of the box, apart from other custom themes. The download manager in the browser categorises downloads according to the file type, so you can easily find downloaded pictures, videos, documents, and saved pages. Incognito mode also gets a tweak, with a PIN feature that can be used as an access code to enter incognito mode. You can download JioPages from Google Play.