I just wanted to give a couple of reasons that I don’t use Brave as my default browser, even though I would very much like to do so.
- No Brave Sync for mobile yet. I actually do use Brave as my default browser on Android due to the fact that it is essentially just Chrome with adblock. However, if I need to access some of my bookmarks I wind up going back to Chrome since you can’t import bookmarks into Brave on Android in anyway.
- Brave Sync simply isn’t as responsive and easy to use as Chrome sync. With Chrome sync all you do is sign in with your email account and literally everything in your Chrome settings, bookmarks, extensions, and history is brought to the workstation you’re currently on.
- No easy way to install Chrome extensions (Almost entirely because I need Stylish so I don’t burn my eyes out staring at white screens all day. Obviously this isn’t the only extension I use but it is an extremely important one to me.)
- Dark theme (Same reason as for why I need extensions)
If even just 1 and 3 were added to Brave, I would absolutely use it as my main browser. For a bit of a comparison: the browser Vivaldi is also quite intriguing and interesting to use. I like the dark theme, the tab coloration based on the favicon, the sidebar for notes and loading up websites like your email or google keep at the same time as the main website you’re on, and much much more. Even though I love some of the features in Vivaldi I don’t use it on a day to day basis because it is lacking any sort of Sync feature similar to Chrome (Vivaldi does support most Chrome extensions though, which is a big plus in my book).
I also think that it would be a big mistake from a business perspective for the Brave team to add Chrome extension support one by one, user request, by user request. I think the manpower would be better spent trying to integrate support for the chrome web extension store as competitors like Vivaldi have done.
So, in conclusions: it’s a major shame that many of these independent/start-up based browsers have so many cool features that the mainstream, corporate funded browsers lack (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Safari). The main problem I’ve noticed that these start-up companies that make incredible browsers seem to have, is obviously the lack of manpower to build some core features, but also the lack of high-level infrastructure to maintain what many consider to be core features (i.e. Sync, and extensions).