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It’s a sad fact that many developers make apps suited to take advantage of high performance devices like the ones they use. They add flashy interactions, unnecessary features, and neglect to optimize for low-end devices. You don’t need them, and you can do so much better.

Take heart: just because you lack abundant free space doesn’t mean you don’t have great apps to choose from. Read on for options for launchers, browsers, social media, communication, and even the weather.

Launcher: Holo Launcher HD, Smart Launcher 2

Giving your phone a new launcher is such a simple way to breathe new life into a device, and they don’t have to take a lot of space either.

My everyday launcher is Holo Launcher HD, a simple launcher based on Android KitKat, at a very compact 1.3MB. I appreciate being able to remove the Google Search bar from the homescreen, resize the grids to my liking, make my app drawer one long page (instead of split into several pages), and change the dimensions of widgets, too.

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If you’re looking for something more unique for a launcher, The Smart Launcher 2 provides a beautiful, minimalist, no-nonsense interface Smart Launcher: Perfect For Those Who Want No Nonsense Smart Launcher: Perfect For Those Who Want No Nonsense Tired of big and bloated Android launchers that pack in useless features that you'll never use? Read More for your smartphone.

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The most refreshing thing about Smart Launcher 2 is how it organizes your apps. No longer will you have to scroll or flip through pages of apps sorted alphabetically if you get Smart Launcher 2. It will sort your apps by category automatically!

Smart Launcher 2 may not have all the configurations that other launchers Which Android Launcher Should You Use? We Compare The Best! Which Android Launcher Should You Use? We Compare The Best! Given the huge number of launchers available, there's something for everyone. Here are the best app launchers for particular needs, depending on what kind of user you are. Read More offer, but for the right person, that’s a feature, not a drawback.

Communication: Textra

The default communication apps on Android are not fantastic. They’re a bit plain, and they miss opportunities to make communication quicker, easier, and more elegant.

Textra is an SMS/MMS (Short Message Service/Multimedia Messaging Service) communication app that looks great and has smooth interactions because it follows Android’s Lollipop Material Design Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? You may have heard about Android L and Material Design, but what exactly is this new design philosophy and how will it affect Android and other Google products? Read More  guidelines.

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It offers quick-reply from the notification screen, and it even lets you intuitively scroll to see past messages from the quick-reply screen (unlike other apps that show each incoming message on its own page). Textra lets you customize the way different contacts appear, too.

Textra is only 3.5 MB. It made it to our list of best Android apps The Best Android Apps The Best Android Apps Looking for the best apps for your Android phone or tablet? This is our comprehensive, hand-picked list of the best apps for Android. Read More , so go on and give it a whirl.

Find other Android apps that follow Material Design Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Craving Some Material Design? Download These Great Android Apps Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, but to get the full effect, you need apps that stay true to the Material Design philosophy. We can help you find the best of them. Read More .

Browser: Naked Browser

Google Chrome and Dolphin Browser (a popular alternative Android browser Dolphin Browser HD - Fast & Elegant Mobile Browsing On Your Android Dolphin Browser HD - Fast & Elegant Mobile Browsing On Your Android Dolphin Browser HD is a mobile browser for Android 2.0.1 and up. With over 250,000 downloads, it is the most popular browser on the Android market. The browser supports flash, HTML5, navigation with gestures and... Read More ) both look great and render websites well, but they’re big, slow, and they track your personal information. Thankfully, there are better alternatives.

Chrome uses 66.5MB on my device (not counting 80MB of data), and Dolphin Browser uses 31.9MB. If you’re using either of those browsers, you’ll gain a lot from switching to Naked Browser, a mere 0.115MB. You can also buy Naked Browser Pro for more features. [Note: the Pro version is showing up as $2.00 for some users and $20.00 for others users.]

Naked Browser may be ugly, but the developer put resources where it counts.

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Naked Browser has some of the best rendering I’ve seen among the small browsers I tested, and it’s extremely fast. My colleague Kannon reviewed Naked Browser Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser Low-End Android Phone? Try the Ultra-Light Fast & Secure Naked Browser Strangely enough, one of the fastest browsers available for Android remains virtually unheard of, despite its stalwart security, swift browsing speed and feature rich interface. In comparison, all of the other major browsers match-up poorly... Read More a year ago, but what he wrote is still relevant today. It offers tabbed browsing, it doesn’t track your location, it lets you block images, and it only asks you for a handful of reasonable permissions.

I tried a couple of other ‘mini’ browsers: UC Mini (left, 1.1MB) and Opera Mini (right, 1.2MB).

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Unfortunately, neither UC Mini nor Opera Mini rendered MakeUseOf or Facebook remotely as well as Naked Browser did, and they’re around 10 times the size (still only barely bigger than a single MB), so that’s a pretty big strike against them as far as I’m concerned.

However, their user interfaces are a little bit nicer than Naked Browser, so if that matters (or if you don’t want a browser named “Naked” on your device), give them a try.

Social Media: Facebook & Twitter Alternatives

Facebook Lite

You might have heard of this social networking thing called Facebook… as of the end of 2013, it had over 1.23 billion monthly active users, of which 945 million are on mobile devices. Unfortunately, the mobile app is a heavy beast, and devices with low specs can have a tough time with it. Fortunately, Facebook has finally launched an alternative called Facebook Lite. Worth a look, if you just so happen to be one of those 945 million.

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Facebook Lite currently uses less than 0.3MB. That’s minuscule compared to the main app, which uses more than 29MB on my device. It’s designed to be small, light, fast, and not use lots of data. Though it’s only officially available in certain countries of Africa and Asia right now, you can manually install (side load) How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android Sideloading a file onto your Android device is easy, and we can show you how to do it. Read More  the Facebook Lite’s .apk file from APKmirror.com. I downloaded version 1.4.0.6.14 from February 5, and found it fast, and relatively nice-looking too.

Of course, the app is still being ‘tested’ by Facebook, and they’re not providing it officially for all regions, so no guarantees that it will work as it should for you if you’re downloading the mirror file.

Tinfoil for Facebook & Twitter

Unfortunately, Facebook Lite still asks for lots of permissions, like the Facebook Messenger app does. My colleague Ben previously found Facebook Messenger seeks permissions it shouldn’t require How Bad Are Those Facebook Messenger Permissions Anyway? How Bad Are Those Facebook Messenger Permissions Anyway? You've probably been hearing a lot about Facebook's Messenger app. Let's quell the rumors and find out if the permissions are as bad as they claim. Read More . If you’re looking to avoid official Facebook apps altogether for that reason, Tinfoil for Facebook is a good option — it’s just a wrapper for the website.

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At only 0.452MB, Tinfoil for Facebook is a great way to avoid invasive permissions How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions How To Use Facebook On Android Without All The Invasive Permissions Facebook's Android app requires a ton of permissions, and it shouldn't be trusted with them. The Tinfoil app for Facebook is the privacy-conscious solution. Read More  while still getting to send and receive instant messages with your Facebook contacts.

If you like that sort of thing, you can also ditch Twitter’s main app and go for Tinfoil for Twitter. It’s a 0.3MB fork of Tinfoil for Facebook that wraps the Twitter website in an app form.

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Weather: Weather

There’s not a lot a weather app needs to do other than a) tell you what the weather is now and b) predict what it will be later. It shouldn’t take several megabytes of space to do so.

Weather for Android, by MacroPinch, takes up around 3MB on my OnePlus One smartphone. Weather lets you track the weather at your current location (or track it in a variety of other locations) and see upcoming forecasts.

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Other weather apps Which Weather Widget Would You Use? 3D Weather vs. AccuWeather.com [Android] Which Weather Widget Would You Use? 3D Weather vs. AccuWeather.com [Android] Since the dawn of media, the weather has sustained publishers of almanacs, sold newspapers when nothing was happening, tuned listeners into the radio, and viewers into the television news. Today, we carry all of this... Read More  include lots of information that isn’t very important. Do you really need to know the “‘feels like’ temperature, sunrise time, sunset time, wind speed, humidity, UV index, visibility, dew point, and pressure”, as the Weather Channel app provides, for example? Unlikely.

Calendar: aCalendar

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If you’re seeking refuge from Google Calendar’s recent update, which removed the ability to see a week or month view in favour of only a 5-day view, aCalendar is a good alternative at 1.53 MB. It stays synced with your Google Calendar; offers views for the day, week, and month; supports colour coding, recurring events, reminders; and has its own widget for your homescreen too.

The paid version includes more views, tasks, and business-oriented features like invitations and free/busy settings.

What’s Eating Up Your Space?

Even if you have gigabytes to spare, small apps like these are worth checking out just for the elegance in not using more resources than necessary. Plus, choosing to save space on apps means you can make room for more important things like photos, videos, music, and podcasts.

What I want to know now is, what are your devices’ largest apps?

You can find out which apps are hogging your Android’s space How to Free Storage Space on Your Android Device How to Free Storage Space on Your Android Device If you've run out of storage space on your Android phone or tablet, we can help you free it up. Read More  and clean your device with an app like The Cleaner or Clean Master. Just be careful to subtract out the data that may be contributing to the apparent size of an app. I looked at my list and saw my largest app was Podcast Addict, at 2.8GB — of course, most of that was podcasts I had downloaded and just hadn’t gotten around to listening to yet!

Let’s chat about the big apps in the comments and help each other find small alternatives. Once you have some more free space, you can also check out 10 other efficient and minimal Android apps 10 Efficient And Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About 10 Efficient And Minimal Android Apps That You May Not Have Heard About Software bloat in the Android software ecosystem causes more problems than any other issue. Poorly written apps, particularly ad-supported apps, constantly draw on your handset’s wireless components, waking the kernel and overall diminishing performance and... Read More .

  1. Sylvia
    March 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you very much for this list!
    It came at the best possible moment since I just got my phone from repair service and am in the process to install some of the more necessary stuff. I'm currently undecided what to choose among the browsers and the CCleaner vs The Cleaner app.
    I need some recommendations, though. Is there any lighter alternative to Google Maps? And what app would you choose for a music player?

  2. memyself
    March 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

    How many times would a wood chuck chuck would a wood chuck wood chuck chuck?

  3. memyself
    March 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

    How many times would a wood chuck chuck would a wood chuck wood chuck chuck?

  4. Singha
    February 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Any suggestions for email apps?
    Gmail is giant.

  5. Larry virden
    February 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The comic apps from dc marvel and comixology sll are huge and do not let you put their data on external storage. Also Kindle Reader I Think Foes Same thing. Office type apps are pretty big

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Larry,

      I've read that since Android KitKat, apps cannot store data on the SDCard like they used to. Android apps can still read SD card data, but they can only write data in a their own dedicated folder. That's a drag, isn't it?

      The smallest Office apps I have seen thus far are 24 MB - still giant! Will keep my eyes open for small alternatives.

      Jessica

    • Jen
      March 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      If you root your device you can use SDFix: KitKat Writable Micro SD app to fix the problem!

  6. Matjaž
    February 25, 2015 at 6:23 am

    That's nice list. But it doesn't solve memory problem. Most of those applications are burned in device. I can't uninstall default Facebook, Twitter, Calendar, SMS, Weather application. And I don't want to root device. So installing those, you add another weight to phone memory.

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Hm, that is a pickle Matjaž. I suppose, if you are stuck with the defaults, well you are stuck with the defaults.

      May I ask what kind of phone you are using that comes with Twitter and Facebook installed by default?

      Jessica

  7. rflulling
    February 25, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I uninstall everything I can that I dont need. Default apps that are not tied to services I use or will need, are disabled. Everything else is stripped of it's rights to notices to save CPU and RAM. Everything I can is moved to the SD card.

    Still need a better dialer. Everything supplied by Verizon and LG fail to make it an option for us to switch lines. Two cals can be merged, and you can recieve a second call but unless a caller hangs up, both lines are active even if separate and hanging up on one terminates both.

    Cannot modify the little quick launch menu on the bottom of the screen. Would love to figure out a way to mod that menu. Still trying to figure out a way to controll the soft keys.

    Weather apps, i general avoid but my mothers Motorola phone shipped with a really nice active desktop that looked like a woods and it reflected the weather. However as if the OS update her phone recived that desktop was removed. I have since found a few I like that I use, and do my best to sell to my mother.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=yo.app.free -With Everything turned off this is a great background with weather effects.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kaka.wallpaper.forest -Not to shabby, havent played with it to much.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.creativeworklwp.windturbines -Works good but I am not in love with it.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lin.season -After disabling the shooting stars and a few other things this ones really nice, adds are bothersome only when you makes changes to the settings.

  8. Ron
    February 25, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Tried to get Naked Browser and it said "not available in this country! What's up with that? I want it for my tablet and phone. Have Android on both. Help!!

  9. Danny F
    February 25, 2015 at 3:52 am

    "using CyanogenMod, you can take the Facebook lite app, then use privacy guard to disallow it from using the permissions you don’t want."

    That's what I feel Android and Google have strayed far away from. The Open Handset Alliance prehistoric ideas of one being in total control of your device. The ability to edit an apps access to any part of your device should be left up to the owner. "Owner privileges" Super User, etc. They try their best to give what a "minority" wants with open source, root access, but the majority, IMO, couldn't handle that responsibility of that "great power." Google at one point stood behind the people with the permission control and other topics like Big Brother slipping in that back door port snooping. There was a free app in the store one could use to control all those processes that are still letting everybody know your phone's behavior = what you are doing, even while you sleep.
    I understand though that the manufactures, and carriers have made it harder for them (GooDroid) to be on their devices without that access. I am BlahBlah phone maker and you want to be here with the $$$, then GooDroid has to bend. Makes you wonder why the Great Fart Piano needs access to the camera, microphone, contacts, location...you get the picture. Many are brainwashed with the point and click and install mentality that M$ has created and really didn't look into those important things until the last few years. The fog of technology is starting to wear off . Thanks for letting me blab on here, this was an informative article Jessica C. What you, Chris, Matthew, Mat and the Professor have shared here, I hope goes a long ways. Even if to a few thousand from directly reading this to many more by word of mouth and sharing.

  10. Swaminathan Venkatesh
    February 25, 2015 at 2:01 am

    If even Facebook lite isn't for you, try the Facebook Browser app from this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/app-facebook-browser-t2864561

    It is basically the Facebook mobile site, so there are a few restrictions in terms of video uploads etc., but it uses the absolute least amount of resources.

  11. Chris
    February 25, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Also, I would NOT recommend installing Clean Master or anything similar. Those apps themselves take up too much space and you can accomplish the same thing manually.

    Finally, for those using CyanogenMod, you can take the Facebook lite app, then use privacy guard to disallow it from using the permissions you don't want.

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Chris,

      You certainly have a point about Clean Master - I used to use it but I mostly clean house manually too. However, sometimes people like a pretty, simple interface to do the work for them, and I think that's valid. To each their own.

      Thanks for the tip about CyanogenMod's privacy guard! I'm running CyanogenMod myself and I had no idea it had a feature that would let you install but disallow permissions from apps. I definitely know some people who would like to know about that - it may totally change the way they approach adding new apps.

      Cheers,

      Jessica

  12. Chris
    February 25, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Textra is amazing, been using it for awhile. You guys missed an amazing one though.

    Color note is great for note taking, you get sticky note widgets you can attach to your home screen (straight text or checklist), plus it also has a built in calendar with alerts and syncing to multiple sources.

    Other than Facebook, the fattest apps showing down my phone are the ones I can't delete even as root: Google, Google+, and Google Play Services. All three are about 60 MB apiece.

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks so much for the suggestion! Color note says that its size 'varies with device' - which I take it means that it stores notes in the app's data folder. Do you happen to know off-hand how big the base app is?

      Google's default apps sure are giant - no alternative I can imagine either! Seems we have to make space in other ways.

      Cheers,

      Jessica

    • Chris
      February 27, 2015 at 6:48 am

      ColorNote's app size is 1.66MB on mine, about 3MB including data.

      You can somewhat mitigate the problem if you are installing your own rom (Cyanogen! :D) by using the more minimal version of GApps. If I recall correctly there are three packages to choose from, but it's been a long while since I last flashed. I think that these are still included even in the minimum version though.

  13. Allaround
    February 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    When I switched to Android I was shocked how bad the messaging app is compared to Windows Phone messaging. Then I found Textra! Awesome app.

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Textra's pretty great, indeed.

      What made you switch from Windows Phone, and are you happy with the app selection otherwise?
      Jessica

  14. Anonymous
    February 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Argue weather and dolphin zero, maybe ccleanerto add the list

    • Jessica C
      February 27, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Thanks for suggesting CCleaner! I use it on my desktop all the time, but I haven't tried it on my smartphone yet.

      It does look like it could have been a good fit for this list though, at 2.3 MB.

      Cheers,
      Jessica C

  15. sureshkumar
    February 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    speed of opera mini just just little bit higher side than naked browser but web page rendering experience of naked browser put this far ahead of opera mini. I am really surprised how I did not know about this browser till date? sorry for my English!

  16. sureshkumar
    February 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I am from India, mostly 2g coverage. 3g coverage are in big towns and cities and also high cost. I tried every browser opera mini, uc web, uc mini, chrome, Firefox, CM browser and other few . I have been using naked browser for few hours since i read the article, surely Naked browser will beat them all . Naked is the perfect for 2G network with more than acceptable web page rendering. opera mini is close competitor to naked browser. opera mini compression makes web rendering very poor but it has been serving me for 6,7 years. But naked browser costs approximately 35$!!! NEARLY 2000 RUPEES! no way many going to buy!! opera mini will serve them for few more years!

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Hi sureshkumar,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback on Naked Browser and letting us know what coverage is like in India - I think many of us take that 3G and 4G coverage for granted.

      Seems Naked Browser Pro is charging different amounts for different customers: $2 for US, $20 for non-US.

      Like you said - no way are many going to buy at that price.

      Jessica

  17. Matthew
    February 24, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    One big BEWARE for Naked browser, and possibly some other small ones that do not use their own engine.

    Android Webview has an unpatched vulnerability in versions below Kitkat - the workaround being to use an alternative browser that has it's own updated render engine.

    There are also potential issues with other apps using the webview component, but the exposure is lower than for a general browser.

  18. 3laze
    February 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    What's that agenda widget on the first screenshot? Does it come built in to Holo Launcher?

  19. dick
    February 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Great list, but the phones that would get the most use out of these smaller apps would be some of the older phones and sadly, facebook lite nor naked browser are supported on most of these older phones (I am currently using motorola driod razr, tinfoil for facebook was the only of these I could install.) this phone overall is a huge POS, but would greatly benefit from its lack of ram with support for these

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Sorry to hear much of the list wasn't compatible with your device. Hope you get to upgrade someday.

      May I ask what version of Android you are running?

      Jessica

  20. asdman
    February 24, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    How is the appointments widget in the left screenshot of the Holo Launcher HD called?
    Thanks in advance!

  21. amit shah
    February 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    go 4 CM browser. It's light n fast!

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, amit shah! Might be a good alternative for those here who don't want to give business to the creator of Naked Browser.
      Jessica

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:52 am

      Check out CM Browser's permissions...

  22. professor
    February 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    the developer for naked browser is rude and petty. he takes a long time to respond to comments via email, and if you are confused about something, he belittles you, calls you names, and uses profanity.
    worst of all, he practically forces people to only leave five-star reviews on google play. seriously, take a look at the reviews-he is kind and gracious in his responses to five star reviews, but anything less-even four star reviews-he is nasty, almost as if it is a personal slight. he has revoked access to the entire line of certain models of phones/tablets as retribution simply for a user's comment.
    i don't care how small his browser is. i wouldn't recommend giving him business and rewarding his bullying _over an app_.

    • Mat
      February 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      I've checked the comments and scanned for 4 star and less ratings.
      Indeed, he leaves such unsavory remarks, he might be talented, but he's undeserving of purchase because of his bad attitude.

    • Jessica C
      February 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      It's unfortunate that some people don't see how being kind can take you so much further than being rude.

      I only got the free app anyway!

      Thanks for commenting, professor, and Mat.
      Cheers,
      Jessica

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:50 am

      Show me where I used profanity. I am not going to sit back and take crap from jerks. In my opinion, you are being the bully here and I am standing up to you.

      I get back to emails pretty quickly as anyone who emails me knows. If you are confused about something, I try to help. If you are rude, do not expect me to be happy dealing with you.

      I wish I could force people to leave 5 star reviews. I am kind to people who are kind and I respond appropriately to trolls, rude people, etc. I have revoked support for a handful of devices, and always because of user complaints for those devices.

      2 sides to every story.

    • Ben S
      February 26, 2015 at 4:16 am

      I'd like to step in here and back this up - the dev of Naked Browser is indeed incredibly rude and runs his review page in a bullying nature. I didn't see profanity, but treating customers like this is completely unacceptable:

      http://jmp.sh/ykplTGo

      You treat someone with concerns as an inconvenience and threaten to raise the app's price just because one person has having an issue?

      This is pathetic and really lousy business practice.

    • Jessica C
      February 26, 2015 at 4:17 am

      Dear Naked Browser Dev,

      You wish you "could force people to leave 5-star reviews"? Then, sir, I am not certain you understand what the purpose of a star-review system is.

      Are you perhaps under the impression that reviews are supposed to be free advertising in exchange for making software? It is not. Though often misused and abused and taken for granted (because the system isn't perfect either), it has a much higher purpose than praising people and advertising.

      Neither you, nor any other developer or designer, is entitled to a perfect score.

      Learning to take constructive criticism in stride, even if difficult and not couched in compliments, is a virtue that will only make yourself and your products better.

      Kind regards,

      Jessica C.

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      @Ben: the review you posted accused the app of a "pay scheme", which is a completely false accusation. Also, you assume I would raise the price for one negative review, which is also false.

      @Jessica: the OP accused me of "forcing" people to leave 5 star ratings. My point is that I cannot force anyone to do anything. I think you should support devs a bit more and stop hopping on the random troll bandwagon.

      @those who expect to be rude, lie, etc. and get cheery customer service in return, please do go elsewhere. Check your sense of entitlement too.

      I'm a solo dev, and actually a nice guy despite the rhetoric here. I made Naked Browser for myself because I was tired of all of the spyware Android browsers out there, and I decided to share it. I try my best to deal with all of the support emails, Play Store comments, blog posts about Naked Browser--all while trying to develop the app. It is totally not worth it for me to do this so this is why some countries have higher prices. If my email box is overwhelmed, I push up prices. You don't like that? I don't either.

      Thanks for checking out Naked Browser. The free version is always available on the web site: http://nakedbrowser.com/android/

      Respectfully,
      Tony

    • Jessica C
      February 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      NakedBrowserDev,

      My colleague Ben does not 'assume you would raise the price for one negative review. You suggest that you are thinking about it in your response to the review, and you need to understand that on the internet, unless we know each other very well, we have to take each other at face value. If you say you are thinking about it, well, we believe you are thinking about it. If you meant it only as a passing expression of frustration, well I suggest you choose a different phrase.

      Likewise, the OP here, professor, said that you 'practically force' people to leave 5 star reviews. No, you aren't holding a gun to their heads scripting out their comments. What he means is that the way you respond, in anger and frustration to small complaints, with passing musings to raise prices, well, that discourages people from speaking their minds honestly. Which is 'practically forcing'.

      All that said, I can understand the frustration of working hard and investing a lot of time to create a product that doesn't earn enough money to merit it. It's common to lots of app developers. That still doesn't explain why some countries have higher prices and not all countries across the board. Why geographically discriminate at all? That doesn't seem fair. It's not like it costs you more money to 'ship' your product to Canada.

      Thanks again for taking the time to respond - it has been very interesting to get your insight.

      Jessica C.

    • Naked Browser Dev
      March 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

      @Jessica

      > Ben does not ‘assume you would raise the price for one negative review.

      Ben wrote "raise the app’s price just because one person has having an issue"
      ...so you are wrong Jessica.

      > we believe you are thinking about it

      I did more than think about it. I set the price as I see fit.

      > the way you respond, in anger and frustration to small complaints

      I won't defend myself against your generalization. Show me specifics and I will address them. I've already been accused of using profanity, being rude, and now from you discrimination...

      > Why geographically discriminate at all?

      Exactly which apps have you developed and priced? From where did you get your Economics degree? I want to know your qualifications for telling me how to price products and deal with people.

      And since you are dishing out advice, let me give you some. Recommending UC Mini is irresponsible. Just look at the permissions. You question my business practices? I question your qualifications for recommending any software, and frankly I am not sure you should be writing technical articles at all. Oh right, I am rude because I tell the truth.

    • Harry
      March 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Wow your boundless rationality and kindness is amazing. I'm sure any potential customer who reads your comments will feel the need to rush out and buy your app in support, whatever the price.

      That or they'll think you're acting like a spoilt child.

    • Jessica C
      March 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Hi Tony,

      I hear you loud and clear now: You can't or don't want to explain why you charge 10x more in certain countries. Cool.

      Thanks for pointing out that UC Mini has a lot of permissions. It was beyond the scope of the piece, but indeed it may influence someones decision to download it.

      Jessica

      This rest of this comment goes out to all my dear readers:

      Think I made a grievous error with this list? I welcome you, like Tony, to point out what it is, and if you desire, precisely why that makes me a worthless hack of a writer in the comments. If you found it pointless, you know where your Back button is. If, however, you think this article was useful, you are (of course) welcome to keep reading my work and let me know what you want me to write more of.

      I will endeavour to take all feedback with me to my next articles and try to be better. I can't promise that I'll do everything you want, but I will think about it. (I don't get better... May God help us all!)

      But y'all need to stop making Tony feel bad about Naked Browser! He's having a rough time with his app being featured again at MakeUseOf. After all, it's good, but it's not perfect. Maybe I should apologize for mentioning it at all - I mean, after all, it's not like I'm qualified to recommend software or anything.

      Thanks for your patience,

      Jessica Coccimiglio
      Not-an-Economist, just a Human Who Buys Things Sometimes and Has Opinions.
      BA in Interactive Arts & Technology, and Communication (SFU 2013)

    • Naked Browser Dev
      March 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Typical Niceness Police: a few "hurt" people attack me, accuse me of using being rude, petty, discriminatory, a child, and all else. The bullies attack but like typical bullies cry when they get push back. They don't see their own rudeness, pettiness, childishness, etc.

      @Jessica, you accused me of not being able to take criticism so where is the criticism? Show me where I was rude, petty, discriminatory. You don't understand why something would be priced differently in some countries? You want to know specifics of my pricing strategy? Please go ask Coca-Cola, Ford, etc. your questions instead of picking on me. I can price my products however I want and people can buy them or not. Calling it discrimination without evidence or understanding is silly, naive, and libelous.

      I do listen to criticism. If you knew how much time I have dedicated to Naked Browser over the past few years, you would never level that accusation against me. The app is what it is because of good, honest feedback. And the rude people? I take their feedback too, but I just won't take their rudeness lying down. Instead, you treat me as if I'm a child: "He’s having a rough time with his app being featured again at MakeUseOf." Petty.

      I will push your accusation back on you, though. You should take criticism better. If you accuse someone of something, back it up with specific examples. If you feel upset, consider that it might be the truth that hurts.

      Sincerely,
      Tony

      • Saurav
        October 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        Well, this attitude is disgusting. Always remember - Ability can open the first door of success for you, it may as well lead you to the second door but beyond a certain limit ability is of no use. It's your attitude that takes you miles.

        And it is not as simple as you making this app for yourself and just sharing it with others. In that case you would not play such tricks with pricing.

        Was beginning to like NakedBrowser but don't feel like using something for free from a arrogant and discriminant person.

        You should be thankful to Jessica that she voluntarily published your app in this list. At least don't insult her.

        Finally, I for one do not give in to the false warnings of other apps spying on users. I am a normal user who doesn't have much to hide and I do not distrust reputed names like google, uc, cm, opera etc.
        As far as permissions are concerned, all these apps do collect user data for enhancement programs and they clearly tell you that and give the option to disable that feature as well. So, no deal breaker for me.

        I am from India, where the price for naked browser pro is approx INR 1600 !!
        You should expect more unjust negative ratings when people feel discriminated like that.

        Thanks but No regards
        Saurav

  23. Stephen
    February 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Re Naked Browser Pro since when does $2.00 = £10.00?

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Stephen - good catch.

      We did a little digging since this article was published and discovered that the developer is charging US-based customers $2, and non-American's $20.

      Very peculiar business ethics he's showing.

      Jessica C

  24. Paul H.
    February 24, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    When i go to the Google play store, Naked Browser is $ 20, not $ 2....too richfor me !

    • Jessica C
      February 25, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Paul, it appears that the developer has decided to charge US-based customers $2, and non-American's $20.

      Too rich for me too, frankly.
      Jessica C

    • Naked Browser Dev
      February 26, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Not exactly true Jessica. A handful of countries have higher prices but most are $2

    • Jessica C
      February 26, 2015 at 4:07 am

      Hi there, Naked Browser Dev!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on this article and share your point of view. I really appreciate it.

      Could you shed some light on which countries are charged which prices, and why, please? I would appreciate it and I think the MakeUseOf readers would too.

      Gratefully,
      Jessica C

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