The team behind Basic Attention Token (BAT) and Brave, the decentralized browser, has released its latest stats, and highlights for 2018. The Brave browser has now surpassed 5.5 million monthly users.
According to the report, the browser had 1 million monthly users at the start of 2018, and this growth to 5.5 million should continue in the future, particularly with the upcoming release of the new Brave 1.0 desktop browser. This will incorporate opt-in Brave Ads, from which users can earn BAT rewards.
The browser has improved in speed by 22 percent since it was launched, according to the team. It has also seen significant popularity with mobile users, who in fact make up 80 percent of Brave users. The Android version of the browser was downloaded over 10 million times back in August.
Another growth area is in verified publishers, who are actively using Brave to put out content and taking advantage of its unique funding ecosystem. There are now over 28,000 verified publishers, including Youtubers and Twitch streamers.
Despite getting the seal of approval from HTC, which will use Brave as the default browser on its upcoming Exodus blockchain phone, Brave has come in for some criticism over the past year. Many have suggested that the browser and BAT ecosystem might be more centralized than it seems, and there has also been controversy over its privacy policies.