Requirements: Android 5.0 and up
Overview: With Hermit, you can replace your large native apps with Web-based Lite Apps.
ANDROID P IS BETA SOFTWARE AND CONTAINS BUGS
Hermit crashes on Android P because of Android P bugs, and there is nothing we can do until Google fixes the underlying instability. We pride ourselves on targeting the latest Android stable version, and have done so for the last 3 years. Please don’t leave a bad review because of something that is not our fault.
Fast, tiny Web Apps with awesome Android integration
With Hermit, you can replace your large native apps with Web-based Lite Apps.
Browse faster, save data, block ads, protect your privacy, browse in Night Mode, er View, and customize your Lite Apps with over 20 different settings for every Lite App!
Hermit is under 3 MB, compared to 50MB+ for many popular social networking & news apps.
BROWSE FASTER. SAVE DATA.
Hermit speeds up your browsing while also protecting your privacy.
No Ads. Not even in the Free Version.
Ad Blocker: Makes all web pages lean, tiny, and beautiful again.
Popup Blocker: Prevents unsafe and deceptive sites from opening new tabs or vibrating your phone.
Data Saver Mode: Speeds up browsing by reducing image size.
PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY.
Privacy Focused: No ads, no behavior tracking, no personal information collected.
Phishing and Malware Protection: Hermit blocks any attempts to install native Android apps & integrates Google’s Malware Blocker.
Incognito Keyboard: Any site URLs you type will be marked private by your keyboard, and not used to personalize auto-completion.
SUPERIOR BROWSING FEATURES
Night Mode: View any web site in Night Mode with a dark background and light text.
er View: Focus on the article.
Estimated ing Time: See how long an article will take to read, and jump to er View.
Multi Window: Use two Lite Apps at once on Android Nougat and above.
Direct Share: Share text & links from any Android app to Hermit Lite Apps.
Orientation: Choose whether you want a Lite App to always open Vertical or Horizontal.
Text Size: Increase/decrease text size to improve legibility.
Double Back: Ever got stuck because the back button takes you to the same page? Try Hermit’s Double Back feature!
ANDROID SYSTEM INTEGRATION
Add Home Screen Icons: Other browsers merely add an icon and forget your settings. Hermit makes it into a true Lite App. Compare for yourself: hermit.chimbori.com
Tab Reuse: Hermit doesn’t open new tabs if your Lite App is already open, just like native apps.
Atom/RSS Feed Notifications: Get immediately notified when a web site publishes new content.
Web Monitors: Feeds not supported? Hermit can monitor any specific part of any web page and notify you when it changes.
No other browser lets you customize as many settings as Hermit, and they’re saved individually for each Lite App.
Custom Icons: Pick any icon for your Lite Apps, or create a custom monogram!
Color Picker: Create your own theme.
Text Size: Change and save settings individually for each site.
Desktop Mode: Load desktop sites instead of mobile sites.
Frameless Mode & Full Screen Mode: You’ll have to try these out for yourself!
SIMPLE PRICING: TWO OPTIONS
Premium: Unlimited Lite Apps & other Advanced Features
Free Forever: Limited to 3 Lite Apps
We respect your privacy, so we don’t collect any personal information or sell your data. You are our only source of support for many more years of innovative feature-packed updates. Thank you!
✨ Set as Default Browser:
Set Hermit as your default browser to open links from anywhere in the proper Lite App.
If you don’t have a Lite App set up for a particular URL, then Hermit will open it in Incognito Mode by default.
Get the best of Privacy, Performance, & Personalization in one easy-to-use app.
✨ Dark Mode Improvements: The new Dark Mode works much better than the previous implementation, on many more sites as well. Try it out!
✨ Gesture Navigation Support: On recent Android versions that support Gesture Navigation, Hermit now fully supports edge-to-edge display. When in a Lite App, swipe in from the bottom 200 pixels to open the Bookmarks drawer (left edge) or Quick Settings (right edge). Any area above the bottom-most 200 pixels will invoke the system gesture (Back button behavior).
✨ Configurable Content Blocker: Exclusively available to our Early Access subscribers, you can now select which specific kinds of content you would like to block in Hermit Lite Apps. Configurable categories include: Adware and Malware, Coin Miners, Misinformation, Hate, and Propaganda, Pornography, Gambling.
✨ Tips Accepted with Gratitude: Got Premium for cheap many years ago? Happy with 5+ years of free updates? Got some extra Play Store credit lying around & want to show your support? You can send us tips (Coffee, Pizza, or a Meal!) through the App Settings all paid via Google Play.
✨ Automatic Theme in Incognito Mode: Your phone’s status bar (icon area) now matches the colors of the sites you visit. If a theme color is too light, Hermit automatically makes the icons black (instead of the default white).
✨ Better Compatibility in Incognito Mode: Hermit’s Incognito Mode was too strict for many web sites to work correctly, so we’ve relaxed a few restrictions to match what other browsers allow. Your data will still be deleted as soon as you exit Incognito Mode.
✨ Better Feed Compatibility: Hermit now always adds a custom user agent to all outgoing feed fetch requests, which some sites require for their feeds.
✨ More Prominent Buttons for Deleting, Sharing, and “Add to Home Screen”: In response to feedback from many of you, we’ve made these buttons more prominent in the Lite App Settings.
✨ Improved Apps List: Huge improvements in drag-and-drop behavior, icon shadows, responsiveness, and animations.
✨Scriptlets Stay Open: If you close a Lite App with the Scriptlets section expanded in Quick Settings, then it stays expanded for easier access the next time.
✨ Internal Improvements, Bug Fixes, & Performance Improvements:
• Android API Related Changes: The Android API no longer allows apps to add multiple home screen icons in bulk. The intrusive dialog shown by modern Android versions requires user confirmation for each icon to be added, and if the user does not confirm
(which they can’t, during a bulk import), then the icon does not get added.
• Better Text Handling: Fixed the long-standing issue with the white background behind the cursor in some EditText fields.
• Replaced Kotlin Android extensions with ViewBinding.
• When opening AdminActivity, force the keyboard to always be hidden.
• Google fixed a frequently-reported crash in In-App Purchases: Updated to com.android.billingclient:billing:3.0.1 which has the fix.
• Alerts auto-dismiss within 3 seconds, instead of infinite duration.
• Added a “Don’t Show” button to the Alerter that permanently hides the notification for blocked content.
● Premium features Unlocked
● Early Access Program Unlocked
● No Unlocker Needed
● Analytics Removed
● Fixed Default Browser Switch
● AOSP Compatible
● 3.2 MB
● Release by Kirlif’
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