Microsoft recently announced to the mobile world that it was bringing its Edge browser to Android and iOS. At the time, the browser was only available as part of a preview limited preview on iOS through Apple’s Test Flight beta program, with Android said to be coming soon. Now, the Microsoft Edge for Android preview has appeared on Google Play and is open for anyone to download and test.
Microsoft’s goal with Edge on Android is to provide a consistent experience between your PC and your phone, with the ability to easily share documents and pick up where you left off — something that has been sorely missing if you’re a loyal Edge user on desktop.
Here’s a look at the highlight features of Edge on Android:
- Data Sync: Your favorites and reading list are synced across your devices, so no matter the device, your browser is always personalized to you.
- QR Code Reader: Easily read QR codes at the touch of a button. Microsoft Edge will pull up the reading and information right onto your screen.
- Continue on PC: Go anywhere and pick up where you left off by seamlessly moving content between your mobile device and PC (requires Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update).
- Hub View: With your favorites, reading list, history, and books all in one place, finding and managing your content is made simple.
- Reading View: Reorganize the content on a webpage to make it easier to focus on what you’re reading
- Voice Search: You can now use your voice to search the web. Ask a question or speak a prompt to use the web in more natural, familiar ways.
- InPrivate: When you browse with InPrivate mode, your browsing data (like your history, temporary internet files, and cookies) isn’t saved on your PC once you’re done
Just keep in mind that Edge on Android is still in development, and you’re likely to encounter bugs here and there.