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Facebook might implement a built-in browser in its Android app

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Facebook might implement a built-in browser in its Android app
One of the largest social networks, Facebook, has made several headlines of late, mostly regarding its hate-it-or-love-it decision to force Messenger on its users. Although certain workarounds to circumvent this exist, Facebook has received a modest amount of negative backlash. However, we are not going to talk about messaging today. It seems that Facebook is procuring tests on a new feature for its Android app, which is nothing else but a built-in browser.

At the moment, when you tap on a timeline link within the app, Facebook will load it in your default browser. This is not a pretty seamless solution, as users are forced to switch between the two apps. When you click on the link, the built-in Facebook browser apparently offers a limited, yet sufficient set of rather basic features (back, forward, copy address, open with, save, etc.), which are all accessible from a dropdown menu. The browser feature can be turned on or off from the settings of the app.

This feature has arrived with the latest update for a certain amount of users. It is rather unclear if it will be implemented for all users of the app at some point, or the built-in browser will remain just a brief experiment. We are slightly inclined towards the former possibility, as users of Facebook and the social network itself will most probably only benefit from such a seamless experience. 

Are you rooting for such a functionality? Feel free to share your thoughts!


source: Android Police

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posted on 20 Aug 2014, 02:46 1

1. saneok (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


I already got the update and used the feature a couple of times and I got to say that I like it! Links load much quicker and go back to the app much quicker too! Only problem I have with it is that it's harder to save articles or other sites for reading later. With the native browser that was much easier to do. Overall a welcome addition though.

posted on 08 Sep 2014, 19:53

10. pinportal (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)


Hey saneok, which version of Facebook Android app are you using? I am using version 16.0.20.15 and I this feature didnt come to me, Facebook Android app continues opening other browser to show links and pages here.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 05:02

2. Leo_MC (Posts: 542; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Is there a way to disable the built-in browser feature on iOS?

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 05:30

3. PeterK. (Posts: 95; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Check out in the Settings menu, it should be there.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 06:19

4. Leo_MC (Posts: 542; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Don't you think I have looked?
If I would have seen it, I wouldn't have asked.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:54

9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Check the App Settings menu. It should be called something like "Always open links with external browser".

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 08:00

5. buccob (Posts: 1469; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


why?... I actually hated the built-in video player... I used to like to open news and videos on my floating browser, while I keep scrolling facebook to search for the next interesting link.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 08:37 1

6. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


It's so you can never leave facebook...

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:38 1

7. skymitch89 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


They already have, and I don't care touch for it. I'd rather use my own default browser to open links & web pages.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:52

8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Them again, and surprisingly, Facebook has added this option in. I found it in "App Settings" under "General Settings".

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