Free version has limited functionality.
Pro version costs $5.00
Let me get this straight – Link Bubble is not a replacement for your mobile browser. Instead it works as a second browser, opening links from apps instead of the default browser. Saves time, looks good and is actually quite useful. I don’t know why this didn’t exist before, but it’ll change the way you use your mobile device.
Firstly, lets explain what Link Bubble is and what is it used for.
Link Bubble can’t replace your default browser. If you tap on Link Bubble in the drawer, you’ll just get to its settings. You can’t even launch it as you launch your normal browser.
Instead Link Bubble is sort of a fallback browser. It will open the links from all the third party apps instead of your default browser.
Upon launching Link Bubble for the first time, you’re presented with this:
In the settings you’ll have to set Link Bubble as default browser.
Select Set system default browser, and from there choose Link Bubble. There are other things you can change, but more about that later. From now on, all the links you open in apps that are not a browser like Chrome or Firefox, or do not have an in-built browser (like Reddit clients) will be opened by Link Bubble. For most of the Reddit clients you can disable the in-built browser and use Link Bubble if you wish.
Let’s take Google+ as an example. All the external links (that are not plus.google.com) you tap on will generate a small bubble on the left.
As the link is loading, you’ll notice a small animation of loading-bar on the bubble. You can continue browsing Google+ meanwhile, which is the greatest benefit of Link Bubble. Once you see that the link is fully loaded, simply tap on the bubble.
You can easily open multiple links this way.
The browser itself is pretty standard-ish. Your links will be directed to the mobile website. You can change this in settings to Chrome Phone / Tablet / Desktop.
Bubble can be moved to every corner of the screen, by holding and dragging it.
Another neat feature of Link Bubble are the bubbles located in top left and right corners. It lets you quickly do an action with your bubble (link) just by moving it to the right/left corner. The best part is that you can choose the action.
I prefer setting Pocket on the left and the sharing wizard on the right (which is the default behavior), but you can change that and put your own actions in the settings.
The action bar contains Reading mode, Sharing dialog and a standard overflow menu. I really like the Reading mode and I’m not sure why standalone browsers like Chrome don’t come with it. It removes everything but text and adjusts the font, so that the page is easier to read.
The app could go without the overflow menu, but nevertheless inside you can refresh the page, open it in your fallback browser, copy the link and close the browser.
The tablet design is pretty non-existent nor it needs one, as the way it behaves on smartphones is fine for tablets too.
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- Intuitive way for browsing on mobile
- Saves time