Brave (BAT) Releases Browser Update With 22% Faster Load Times
Brave Software, the company behind the open source ad-blocking Brave browser, announced the release of a new version of its browser that’s 22% faster with a better user interface for Basic Attention Token (BAT) rewards.
According to the announcement, Brave’s desktop browser is now Chromium-based, meaning its built off Google’s open-source web browser project and Google extensions are supported. The previous version of Brave was based on Muon, a specialized toolkit developed by the Brave team that also allows developers to develop their own browsers or browser-like applications.
This upgrade comes with significant improvements, as confirmed by a publicly released test that measured browser performance across 2 metrics: how quickly it loads the pages and how much resources it uses, with a specific focus on CPU.
These tests showed an average and median load time savings of 22%, which Brave notes ultimately equates to as much as 8-second faster page loading times on major sites.
In addition to the performance improvements, Brave has reworked its BAT reward system to be more intuitive.
“Brave Rewards replaces Brave Payments with improved usability, more visibility, and new features. With this release, Brave Rewards enters beta. We look forward to getting your feedback on this redesigned approach,” states the Brave team.
Brave recently surpassed 10 million downloads in addition to over 4 million active monthly users. BAT is currently hovering around $0.21, giving the project a $210 million market cap, making it the 42nd largest altcoin in the AltDex 100 Index (ALT100), a benchmark index for large-cap cryptocurrencies and tokens.
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