Read and Engage Chinese with confidence

Chinesebrowser™ 56.0 (2017-11-11) is now available on Google Play. (Release notes) Get it on Google Play




Chinese vocabularies vary widely across regions and Chinesebrowser™ helps by analyzing Chinese text for you, breaks them into words and annotating them with pinyin. Reading becomes uninterupted just as you would experience with phoenetical text like English. Chinesebrowser™ makes reading and comprehension faster.

Logical Layouting

Chinesebrowser™ automatically analyzes Chinese text and formats them into discretely spaced words. For beginners, it is exceedingly difficult to figure where a Chinese word starts and ends. Chinesebrowser™ analyzes the text very fast, figures out what each sentence component words are and then adds a minimally amount of discernable space between words. Text layouting now breaks at word boundaries and not randomly anywhere in the Chinese text. Text selection in Chinesebrowser™ selects the character or words automatically as you touch and hold on the text. You don't have to do word breaking yourself ! You can then just simply tap on the dictionary-lookup icon to look up its meaning in a Chinese-English dictionary.

Traditional Simplified or Simplified Tranditionalized

Chinesebrowser™ automatically converts Traditional Chinese forms into Simplified ones. Or Simplified into Traditional characters! This is done not by brute force means but through very careful analysis of the text so as to maintain high conversion accuracies. To select your preferred character encoding, hanyu pinyin or bopomofo, locate Pinyin settings within Chinesebrowser™.

The image on the left is rendered by Firefox for Android which shows the traditional form from cna.com.tw (a Taiwanese website). The right image is rendered by Chinesebrowser™ with simplified Chinese text.

The image on the left is rendered in the simplified form with hanyu pinyin from yuedu.fm. The right image is rendered in traditional Chinese text with bopomofo annotations.

Performance

Chinesebrowser™ automatically adds pinyin to every Chinese word. Yes, every word and does so in a way that completely preserve the structural integrity and format of a web page ! Tried and tested across many web sites.

Chinesebrowser™ runs completely on your phone/tablet. Analysis and pinyin data is not streamed through the network. That saves you on data cost and does not compromise your privacy.

1080p side-by-side rendition performance comparison between Chinesebrowser™ and Firefox for Android (52)

both devices (Mi Redmi 1 - 1GB Ram; MediaTek Quad-core 1.5GHz processor; Android 4.2.2; 16GB Class 4 SDCARD)

Fully Functional Secure Web Platform

Chinesebrowser™ is NOT JUST A CHINESE READER. Its a FULLY FUNCTIONAL and SECURE WEB PLATFORM. You can use your email, conduct online transactions, use sophisticated web sites such as Facebook and Taobao, search and mapping applications in Chinese or English or any other languages, log in to your online subscriptions, etc. Websites will treat Chinesebrowser™ just like any other browser.

HTTPS is supported !

1080p Chinesebrowser™ Weibo and Facebook rendition example. Please note that there is audio midway through the video.

Integrated Chinese-English Dictionary 拼音词典 lookup

Looking up the meaning of Chinese words simply involves a long tap on the word till the word has been selected. Tap on the dictionary-lookup button and it will trigger the lookup at cidian.brainiii.com. Pīnyīncidian is a feature rich Chinese-English dictionary application (see cidian help). It has a clean simple search interface and is profanity filtered to ensure suitability for young users.

You can click on the following illustrations to link to Pīnyīncidian.

lookup Chinese word "依法"



lookup English term "New Zealand"



Cidian lookup and Taobao search plugins are also integrated into Chinesebrowser™, try it ! You simply type your search terms in English, Chinese, pinyin or any of the combinations and tap on the Cidian icon.

you can lookup any word as you type on the search bar



Zoom Text Reflow

Zoom text reflow is a feature that re-layout the text after the user has performed a pinch zoom-in or zoom-out. This was a deprecated Firefox for Android feature that has been reimplemented in Chinesebrowser™. The zoom range can now scale up to 8 times. Zoom is an essential feature for browsing Chinese text because of the complexity of most Chinese character glyphs and the reading of pinyin annotations. Ability to zoom and clearly see each character is essential for character visual recognition especially amongst learners.

The above images illustrate text reflow for different zoom-in scales.

Chinesebrowser™ HTML layout engine is based on Mozilla Firefox, XUL and Gecko. Most of the browser codes are open source and can be found here. Please refer to the App for license details. Chinesebrowser™ adopts Firefox version number. The current version is 56.0.

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Chinesebrowser™ and Brainiii™ are not affiliated with the Mozilla Foundation.