April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Bring Back the AOSP Browser on KitKat without Root
Chrome Browser has seen quite a few major advancements in its time since it replaced the old (and I do mean “old”) default Android browser. It offers a feature set that essentially rivals its desktop counterpart, and has been given great new functionality such as the ability to undo closed tabs, and much more.
Despite Chrome for Android’s ever-growing feature set, not everyone is a huge fan. For starters, it doesn’t support the wonderful Pie Controls, which were initially seen in the AOSP browser. Furthermore, it’s a bit more resource intensive so those on slower devices may find it a bit choppy with scrolling, panning, and zooming when compared to the AOSP Browser. But unfortunately, it’s hard to use the old AOSP browser since it isn’t included anymore on most devices. Luckily, the CM team was able to update the browser to work on KitKat and XDA Senior Member LitoNi shared it for all to use.
Installing this browser is a bit convoluted, but it isn’t too difficult–and most importantly, it doesn’t require root for the few of you who aren’t yet rooted. Rather than simply installing the APK, you must navigate to your /system/apps/ folder and “install” BrowserProviderProxy.apk. This installation will fail, but that is normal. After a reboot, you must then install the browser provided by the thread OP.
Unfortunately, no version of Flash player is known to work with this browser on KitKat, and it’s unlikely that untested versions will work. But for those who simply want the AOSP browser experience and streamlined speed, this is great news. Head over to the application thread to begin.
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The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites and vendors following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far....