TextOnly Browser

TextOnly Browser

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

  • Fast navigation
  • Strips out unwanted visual content (like ads)
  • Less data usage
  • Needs more options
  • Layout could be improved
  • We expected it even faster
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Expert's Review

"Were you looking for fast navigation?"

Reviewed by / Nov 08, 2011

TextOnly is a browser that only displays readable content from websites

First off, it should to be said that, although this may seem a RSS reader, it's not. Most of people will use it just for reading blogs and articles on online newspaper. However, it overtakes a RSS reader: this is a browsers that doesn't load pictures in order to make reading easier and navigating something much faster.

TextOnly speed up your daily reading of articles early in the morning. Since it doesn't load any type of image, it strips out any intrusive content like ADS, CSS, sidebar or header. What's more, for those worried about data usage, it barely uses a few KB for each page (remember that what the heaviest elements on a website are pictures and gifts).

You can input by URL , RSS or Twitter URL. Tweets, articles and post are listed in a simple scrollable format. You can bookmark websites or articles for an easy access.

The main catch is that you can just "Go" to the URL or "Bookmark". There are no options like "Share", "Full Screen" "Downloads tab", "Data backup" and many other features that other browsers contain. The interface could also be improved. We wish that Spacenext, its developer will add more features as soon as possible.

Regarding navigation... is really fast, although we expected it even faster since it displays just readable content. Anyway, it's a good choice for those who are always reading articles from newspapers or blogs. This is the browser for those who put fast navigation before scenery. In a nutshell: for those who understand faster as more efficient.

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Developer's original description available here
TextOnly is a browser/reader which reduces data usage by 80-90% by displaying only readable content from webpages/webpages.It strips unwanted content like ads,scripts/images etc.

New Features
- Articles can be downloaded for Offline reading
- Bookmarks has been fixed
- Easy navigation

NewYork Times -http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/29/technology/personaltech/in-2011-app-developers-turned-attention-to-android.html (Mentioned as one of the top 10 apps for 2011)

TechCrunch (Top Tech blog) http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/02/textonly-app-only-gives-you-the-good-part-of-most-websites/

Wired (Top blog):

1.Ease of reading articles on websites
2.Strips out unwanted content like Ads,CSS,sidebar,header
3.Reduces Data usage by 80-90%
4.Multiple modes of reading(RSS/Links/Normal)
5.Read TextOnly pages from Google searcg
6.Supports more than 90% of websites except few
7.Almost all sites with a good RSS feed are supported
8.Articles would be listed in a simple format
9.Now you can open any links on Twitter/Facebook/Any app using TextOnly
9.Bookmarks to access sites easily.


The app is currently in beta phase and we intend to develop this app based on constructive comments..Please let us know where we are lacking and how we can develop it further so that it would be useful for all.

This app works on more than 80% of sites..Please email me if the site your browsing is not compatible with my app before commenting here

Video in Brazilian top site :http://olhardigital.uol.com.br/produtos/central_de_videos/para-conexoes-lentas-elimine-fotos-pesadas-e-converta-sites-inteiros-em-texto

To view the browser version of it,visit http://textonly.in (This would work with any mobile browser_

Contact me @Ramanean on Twitter or ramanean@gmail.com

Keywords: TextOnly Browser,TextOnly Reader

Recently changed in this version

Features Added
- Webpages/articles can be downloaded for offline reading
- Bookmarks has been added and fixed
- New navigation features for ease of use (Actionbar)

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Comments and ratings for TextOnly Browser
  • (58)

    by basumm59 on 19/01/2014

    What a relief to actually read content without the distractions of flashing, blinking, and ill placed ads.

  • (58)

    by radha govindaraju on 05/01/2014

    Poor app do not waste time on installing this app

  • (58)

    by Claudio Lorenzo on 04/01/2014

    Some pages work well, some don't. Not very usefull.

  • (58)

    by Ashton Crunkelton on 31/12/2013

    I love this browser because it does use a lot less data. It runs smooth and fast for me on the Galaxy S4. Good job!!

  • (58)

    by Aaron G on 20/11/2013

    Does everything I want it to do. Many sites, especially small news sites don't have the expertise or budget to create mobile versions, and this neatly strips out all the junk and bad formatting. Thanks!

  • (58)

    by Alex Zander on 08/11/2013

    Попробовал. Чё-то не очень.

  • (58)

    by John Bartley on 02/10/2013

    Would not even show plain html website text. Get Opera and enable their free proxy if you want to minimize your downloads.