Last updated: February 19, 2021
- Watch the companion video: How to manually update Brave web browser
Brave browser version 0.7 launched on January 20, 2016. Like other browsers, the Chromium web browser serves as the base for Brave. Yet Brave differentiates itself in a variety of ways. For example, Brave blocks advertisements and web site trackers by default. In doing so, Brave intends to make the browsing experience both faster, safer and more private when compared to other web browsers. Additionally, Brave has integrated HTTPS Everywhere to help redirect sites you visit to HTTPS. In the future, Brave wants to collect Bitcoin micropayments and display “better ads” to compensate web site publishers for lost advertising revenue.
On April 7, 2016, representatives of multiple newspaper publishers issued a cease and desist letter to Brave Software. The letter said, “Your plan to use our content to sell your advertising is indistinguishable from a plan to steal our content to publish on your own website.” In response, Brave said in a statement that it “is the solution [to ad-blocking], not the enemy.” Brave also published a separate response on its web site.
Brave released version 0.55 on October 18, 2018. The new release represents a move away from its Muon version (Brave 0.25.2) to a Chromium version. The change, which brings a 22% increase in page load times compared to its Muon counterpart, allows Brave to leverage Chromium’s stability, and Google Chrome’s features and APIs.
Starting with the release of Brave 0.63 on April 24, 2019, users who opt in to Brave Ads get paid in BAT tokens to view ads. Brave bases the ads they display to users on interests inferred by their browsing behavior. They do this without using personal data or browsing history. Users who opt in receive 70% of the ad revenue share as a reward for giving advertisers their attention.
On November 13, 2019, Brave Software officially launched Brave web browser version 1.0. Brave 1.0 includes Brave Rewards to fund the open web, Brave Ads that compensate users for their attention, and Brave Shields for automatic ad and tracker blocking.
Update Brave Browser
It is important to update Brave browser when new releases become available. New releases often include new features and security updates. To update Brave browser on your desktop or laptop computer, launch the application, click the Menu icon > About Brave.
brave://settings/help into the address bar to navigate to the About Brave window. Any available update will begin to download immediately. The progress of the download and update will display as a percentage in the About Brave window.
Once downloaded and installed, a notification will display that Brave is Nearly up-to-date! Relaunch Brave to finish updating. To complete the update, click the Relaunch button to relaunch the web browser application.
When Brave relaunches, the About Brave window will inform you that Brave is up to date.
Watch the companion video to learn how to manually update Brave web browser on a step by step basis.
References for February 19, 2021, release of Brave 1.20.108
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