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|Initial release||November 23, 2010|
|Operating system||Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Android TV, Linux|
Puffin Browser is a web browser developed by CloudMosa, an American mobile technology company founded by Shioupyn Shen.
Puffin Browser comes with Adobe Flash Player to play Adobe Flash content, including on mobile devices, where Flash was discontinued due to security issues. The features also include a virtual trackpad, gamepad, and on-screen keyboard functions.
CloudMosa has a comprehensive product family of Puffin products that run on many different platforms (Puffin Browser on Android and formerly iOS, Puffin Secure Browser on Windows and on macOS, Puffin Internet Terminal on Linux, Puffin TV Browser on smart TV, and Puffin OS on mainstream smart phones. It is also known to run on resource-limited hardware like Raspberry Pi, set-top box, TV stick, etc.).
In May 2019, CloudMosa had announced that they would discontinue the Puffin Web Browser app on iOS devices due to Apple's App Store policies. However, CloudMosa has released Puffin Web Browser Lite for iOS devices which does not have Adobe Flash Player Support.
Puffin Browser released its paid version Puffin Web Browser Pro on Google Play in December 2010, and on Apple App Store in November 2010.
In 2013, CloudMosa introduced Puffin Academy, a free mobile browser with built-in Adobe Flash for K-12 students, teachers, and parents. However, the iOS version of Puffin Academy was discontinued on July 1, 2019.
In 2017, the Puffin Browser was the top utility application in the App Store across 58 countries including France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and South Korea.
In May 2018, ad blocking features were added to the Pro version which do not exist in the free version. Before that, the only difference was a smaller limit on downloading.
In June 2018, CloudMosa announced that because Puffin Web Browser updates were being rejected by Apple, they had therefore released a separate lightweight browser app for iOS devices, Puffin Browser Lite, which is based on iOS WebKit and does not support Adobe Flash Player. They later announced that they would be discontinuing the original Puffin Web Browser apps on July 1, 2019 on all iOS devices because of the block on updates, citing Apple's app review guideline 2.5.6. The shutdown was later pushed back to October 1, 2019, and the free version of the original browser app was finally discontinued on November 20, 2019. CloudMosa said on Facebook that the paid version on iOS, Puffin Browser Pro, would remain available but with no updates.
Puffin TV is a special edition of Puffin Browser optimized for Android Google Play TV users. It is ranked the best browser for Android TV by MakeUseOf. Thailand's largest GSM mobile phone operator, Advanced Info Service (AIS), ships a customized Puffin TV browser in their set-top box—AIS Playbox.
Before 2018, the Puffin Browser product family was only available on mobile devices. Starting from 2018, Puffin Browser released a desktop version, Puffin Secure Browser for Windows. In May 2019, Puffin Secure Browser for macOS was released.
As of October 24, 2018, the Puffin Browser has reached over 50 million users on Android. As of November 2018, Puffin browser has reached 100 million accumulated users worldwide (iOS+Android).
Right before the opening of CES 2019, CloudMosa announced a new Puffin Browser product family member—Puffin Internet Terminal. It's a desktop virtualization app running on Raspbian for Internet surfing designed for Raspberry Pi. Puffin Internet Terminal was selected as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Computer Hardware and Components product category.
In May 2019, CloudMosa introduced a new family member—Puffin OS, a cloud-based operating system that would make low-cost mobile phones work as fast as high-end hardware. A Kickstarter project met its modest target. However, independent review website GSM Arena expressed skepticism.
In 2020 the Puffin Android TV browser became a subscription service.
Puffin Web Browser is the standard Puffin Browser application for Android and formerly iOS. The Puffin web browser on Android includes support for Adobe Flash content and features such as mouse cursor emulation and a virtual gamepad. Users are able to choose where to save a downloaded file, either to users' devices or directly to their storage drive. The web browser also allows users to reduce the amount of data being used, from sources such as Flash games that often consume a lot of data.
Puffin Browser Lite is the standard Puffin application for iOS devices. It is similar to the Puffin Web Browser for Android devices; however, does not support Adobe Flash Player. It comes with workspaces and password protection.
Unlike most web browsers which render web pages internally, Puffin Browser uses external cloud servers to do the rendering, in a way similar to Opera Mini and the data saver mode in Google Chrome.
Edited: 2021-06-18 12:38:26