The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 37 (Apr. 10, 2020) — New fully rebuilt Brave for Android boosts performance across the board compared to prior versions: 5% battery savings + 3% of both data and CPU savings (blog), Upcoming Guest AMA w/ Origin, Luke Mulks (Director of BizDev) on the Hashoshi Show (video)

Announcement: New fully rebuilt Brave for Android boosts performance across the board compared to prior versions: 5% battery savings along with 3% of both data and CPU savings

Results from the experimental evaluation in this blogpost were produced by Dr. Matteo Varvello, performance researcher at Brave.

The new Brave app for Android (version 1.5.120) is now available for download on the Play Store and has been completely rebuilt over the past few months. The new release is based on the same Chromium code repository as our Brave desktop release, and will allow for easier implementations of features and fixes across desktop and mobile thanks to a unified codebase. For example, this unified codebase will enable support for extensions in Android in the future.

This new version is a seamless transition for Brave users as the user interface remains the same, but it does provide performance enhancements such as battery savings (5%), as well as CPU and data savings (3%), compared to the previous version (1.5.9). These savings are additional to the savings that Brave already realized when compared with major browser vendors (30%-50% bandwidth and battery reduction compared to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) [1]. In addition, these savings make Brave for Android outperform DuckDuckGo, Vivaldi, and Firefox Preview as well, which were recently ranked as top-performing browsers by Greenspector [5].

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/rebuilt-brave-android/

Upcoming Guest AMA with Matthew Liu (Co-founder) & Nick Poulden (Senior Engineer) of Origin, the decentralized platform also powering the new Brave Swag Store (Apr. 16, 2020)

Welcome to the next installment in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs! Matthew Liu and Nick Poulden will be on r/BATProject on Thursday, April 16th, 2020, from 10:30-11:30 am Pacific Time to answer your questions and to discuss the future of blockchain-powered commerce, their new decentralized e-commerce platform, Dshop + more. 

About Origin

Origin is powering commerce on the blockchain. The Origin Platform enables the creation of peer-to-peer marketplaces and e-commerce applications. Origin’s technology allows buyers and sellers of goods and services to transact on the distributed, open web. Using the Ethereum blockchain and Interplanetary File System (IPFS), participants can interact in a peer-to-peer fashion, allowing for the purchase of goods and services without traditional intermediaries imposing exorbitant fees and onerous terms. Learn more at originprotocol.com.

You can leave questions for the Origin team in the AMA announcement thread on Reddit, here: 

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