Interview with the developer Cent Browser

Posted on January 24, 2021

— Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How old are you? What did you do before the Cent Browser?

— We are from Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China, around 33 years old. I did software programming (C++ and Java) in a local internet company.

— How did you decide to make your browser? What prompted you?

— My default browser was Firefox before. It gets bloated and frequently stuck in those years, so it inspired me to make a browser stable/fast as Chrome and feature rich as Firefox, this is Cent Browser.

— Cent Browser differs from other Chromium-browsers in a wide range of functions and settings. Is this the main advantage of your browser?

— Maybe, but our initial goal was keeping high quality while catching up with Chromium update. We wrote the code carefully for this goal.

— Cent Browser v1.0.0.1 was released on February 12, 2015. How long had you been working on it?

— Six months.

— Did you initially work on the browser alone?

— Yes.

— The site says that Cent Studio is a small team. How many people are there?

— We have three members.

— How did you assemble your team? Were they your friends, former colleagues, classmates or did you just hire necessary people?

— No, they are my sister and brother.

— Do you have a headquarters or your employees work remotely?

— No, we work at home.

— Is Cent Browser the only project your work on?

— Yes for now.

— Obviously, you invest a lot of time and effort in Cent Browser. Aren’t you afraid of that at one point you may run out of resources, including finance?

— Of course I am afraid. But giving up is also not a good choice.

— Tell us how creators of browsers can monetize their product. What is the main revenue from a browser?

— Mainly from search engine promotion, the same as Firefox.

— Is Cent Browser a profitable project? Does it bring you income now?

— We have some revenue now, but not cover our expenditure yet.

— Can the creator of a Chromium-browser afford Tesla Model S?

— No.

— Do you have statistical data in which country Cent Browser has the most users?

— We have most users from China, then Russian, US, Vietnam, Taiwan.

— Do you specify any countries as particularly important? If yes, what is your top three?

— No, we value user amount more than geographic.

— Do you regard Russia as a promising market?

— Yes, Russia is a good market for third-party browsers. Russian users are friendly to software of small brand.

— What are your plans on increasing the number of users of your browser?

— Honestly speaking, we have no good idea.

— Cent Browser was created more than three years ago. Will you please highlight the key achievements and successes of your browser during this period?

— Scrollable tab bar/Multi-login tab/Customizable new tab/Super drag/Download manager. In fact, for this kind of browsers most workload is updating Chromium core.

— What are your plans for the future? Will there be a mobile version of the browser?

— There are some features need to be added or improved, such as multi-login tab/speed dial, it is far from perfect. We are undecided to make a mobile version.

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1 year ago

This is epic can you please dox the developer maybe?