Chromium’s latest release has included an improvement to the Brave (BAT) payment interface with a 22% improvement on loading times. Brave Software is the company behind the open source ad blocker, Brave browser. They have revealed a new version of its browser which is 22% faster with a better user interface for Basic Attention Token (BAT) rewards. According to the reveal, Brave’s desktop browser is now Chromium based which means it’s built from Google’s open source web browser project. Google extensions are therefore supported as well. The version prior to this update was based on a specialised toolkit developed by the Brave team called Muon. This also allows developers to develop their own browsers or similar like applications. The upgrade comes with a handful of significant improvements which was confirmed by a test released to the public which studies browser performance across two key factors, how fast it is at loading pages and how much resources are used with a focus on the CPU. According to SludgeFeed, the two tests resulted in an average and a median load time savings of over 20%. Brave notes this ultimately as much as an 8 second faster page loading time on major sites. Furthermore, the upgrades to performance improvements, Brave has made some changes to its BAT reward system to be more perceptive. The Brave team commented saying:
“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.”Brave has recently reached a new milestone in which it has received over 10 million downloads as well as having over 4 million active monthly users. In the markets, BAT is currently priced at around $0.21 which is giving the project a $210 million market, making it the 41st biggest altcoin according to CoinMarketCap. The team at Brave announced back in March this year that they had the development timeline for the newly redesigned Brave 1.0 browser for desktop operating systems. It’s one that utilises Chromium’s native interface and that supports nearly all Chrome features and extension APIs. According to the Brave website:
Up to 50% of the average user’s mobile data is for ads and trackers, costing as much as $23 a month.
Ads use about 5 seconds of mobile load time on average.
Ads decrease phone battery life by as much as 21%.
Privacy is violated when large media sites host up to 70 trackers.
Malware (malvertisements, ransomware) is up 132% in one year.
- Google and Facebook take 73% of all ad dollars and 99% of all growth.
- Revenue is recently down 66%.
- Bots inflicted $7.2 billion in fraud last year.
- Over 600 million phones and desktops run ad-blocking.
- Publishers cannot seamlessly monetize value-added services.
- Advertisers lack good information on what they are paying for.
- Marketers are often fooled by bogus websites and bots that commit fraud.
- Targeting is poor, making users more likely to ignore ads.