The Best All-in-One Messenger?

Meet Sidekick — A privacy focused app-centric browser

Jeremy Cheng


UPDATE (09/19/2022) -

As of a few months ago, I have found that there are some small annoyances like the left side bar hints prevents the user from clicking the icon and some increasing resource usage on my system that may or may not be a memory leak. As such, I have switched back to Ferdium which seems to be less resource hungry than when I last tried it and performs satisfactorily. This is of course only based on my experience with running it on Linux.

We live in a world where there are a million different types of messengers that we communicate with each other on and it can be very daunting to have all of them open separately on your computer all the time. Furthermore, you may have multiple accounts from the same service which is hard to manage in a regular web browser. So other than one or two privacy focused messengers which I still run the official standalone app(s) for, I have for many years used an all-in-one messenger to have the rest of them inside one window that just all load automatically on launch.

If you have already been following me for a while, you probably know that I am a big fan of open source software. However, I am not a purist by any means. Since I come from an operations background, efficiency and effectiveness are also important to me. As such, while the solution I am about to cover is not open source, I was still able to find enough merits in it to forego the closed source aspect of this product especially given that the company behind it is transparent enough about their business model and show signs of commitment to user privacy so-far.

The Solution

So without further ado, let me introduce one of the newest players in the web browser market, Sidekick.

Perhaps what makes Sidekick interesting beyond that it’s a chromium based browser with chrome extension compatibility and built-in ad/tracker blocking features, it’s also very fast, low on memory usage, and web-application-centric. What I mean by web-application-centric is that…