Will Verduzco · Jun 8, 2014 at 06:30 am

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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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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