Puffin TV Browser

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333 reviews
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About this app

Puffin is free to download from the Google Play Store but requires a paid subscription to work. Puffin also offers a free evaluation for users to try out before subscribing to its service. This free evaluation is ad-sponsored and limited to one hour of usage per day. Only during the free evaluation period will ads be served and quotas enforced.

Puffin TV Browser is optimized for Android TV to deliver a superb web browser experience on Smart-TVs and Set-Top-Boxes.

• Intuitive app UI interface
• Supports adjustable playback speeds
• Puffin TV Remote*
• Unparalleled loading speeds
• Optimized video playback
• Full web experience
• Send any website link to Puffin TV for a more immersive experience

*The Puffin TV Remote app can be used to control your Puffin TV Browser and can be found on Google Play.

=====In-App Purchases=====
* $1 per month Puffin Monthly Subscription
* $10 per year Puffin Yearly Subscription

• Puffin’s servers are located in the US and Singapore. Geolocation restrictions of content may occur if you are based in other countries.
• Puffin is blocked in certain regions (e.g., China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and some educational institutions (e.g., select schools within the United States).

For more information, please visit https://support.puffin.com/.
Updated on
Mar 14, 2022

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333 reviews
Benjamin Glasthal
December 29, 2020
I won't completely trash it like many are for the subscription. It is a functional browser, and works with the new Chromecast with Google TV well. It may even be the only one as far as I can find. It can play videos in browser, and generally functional. For that you deserve more than 1 star. However, your price plan does not. Yeah, $10 for a year subscription of anything is negligible, but that doesn't make it sensible. I could do it without thinking, but I have such a hard time supporting that model because its frankly anti-consumer to charge a subscription for your app like this when you're not needing any major server upkeep or anything. I could understand a $10 one time purchase (still would be high mind you) but to expect that regularly just seems like you're trying to exploit the market. It doesn't even have the options for tabs so I can keep multiple pages open. If you had some deep settings like I could customize navigation on the remote and tabs, and if you had some more specialized integrations than QR codes then I might understand more. But it just feels like you're on the edge of exactly as useable as I could expect at the bare minimum past playing videos, and that I should be happy to pay for that. Unfortunately, I'm just not sure I am or that I can recommend anyone else does so either. If you rethink your business model to a one time payment, then call me and we can talk.
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CloudMosa Inc
April 8, 2021
Puffin runs web browser session on the cloud servers. Additionally, all video traffic must go through the cloud servers, too. You assessment that "you're not needing any major server upkeep or anything" is not correct. We do not expect users to know how Puffin works internally.
Robert Jefferson
October 12, 2021
It could use a few tweaks such as the pointer, instead of having to hold down the button to move it, it would be nice to either have a tab option or just better control. Holding the button down makes move past the point you're trying to get to and repetitive button pushing is very tiresome. not everyone is using a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard on their Smart TV. More options to change the layout and dark mode options/theme would be a plus as well. Other than that I think it's functional for a browser. Subscription wise, I think more features/user control would go a long way to make it more user friendly and acceptable.
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CloudMosa Inc
October 14, 2021
It is very hard to make a web browser on the barely useful Android TV hardware at $30, e.g., Google can't make Chrome work on Android TV. It is very hard to provide rich UI from the bare minimum remote control of Android TV. Wish Google can be more forward thinking in the design of Android TV instead of blindly copying bad designs from Apple TV.
Adam Segal
May 21, 2021
Browser works great until it tells you you hit your browsing limit. I don't really care about any of their server side optimization, just the basic browser functionality with ad blocking. Why is that so difficult to get on a tv? I'm not paying a subscription for a browser. Maybe if it were like $3.99 one time I'd use it. How about offering the browser as a normal browser, and add the extra 'speed' from whatever server processing as a subscription? I hated amp pages and don't want any of my sites processed server side anyway.
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CloudMosa Inc
May 22, 2021
Android TV hardware is too weak to support web browser well. As a result, Google does not release Chrome on Android TV. If you are using AOSP Android TV, you can try Firefox, which is available on AOSP but not on the official Google Play Store on Android TV.

What's new

- Upgraded Rendering Engine
- Bug fixes and improvements