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Android 4.4 KitKat coming to phone makers without a browser, but they can build their own

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Android 4.4 KitKat coming to phone makers without a browser, but they can build their own
Phone makers are getting Android 4.4 KitKat from Google to play around with and start working on their handsets' updates, or brand new gear with KitKat. One developer, Maximiliano Firtman, noticed that the Chrome browser ships with the emulator, but not the actual KitKat package, which includes just WebView, if the companies want to build their own browsers around their Android distributions.

He probed Google, and it seems that if you want Chrome to come preinstalled with Android 4.4 KitKat, too, you'd have to shell out for a license, just like with the rest of the Google Apps package. Unless you build your own browser, that is, like Samsung or LG are doing on their Android handsets right now.

This fact won't affect end users, as manufacturers will either pay for the Google Apps package, licensing Chrome or the stock Android browser, or distribute the phones and tablets with their own take on Internet surfing, based on WebView. 

This means Google is opening part of the Android 4.4 KitKat experience for browsing experiments, which might signal opportunity for the many 3rd party browsing systems for Android out there, whose performance you can review in our dedicated article.

source: MaximilianoFirtman (Twitter) via UnwiredView

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posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:16 4

1. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)

i love the browser of Sense 5..

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:46 1

5. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Same.. I actually prefer it over other browsers I've tried from the Play Store

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:23 1

2. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

Just get the device go to play store and install Chrome! Simple! :)

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:34 1

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Chrome did improve recently, it's very speedy now, but utterly destroys the battery, gaming-like drain so I'm sticking to Dolphin Jetpack.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:39

4. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Unfortunately, Chrome seems to have the problem of running in the background if you don't close all the tabs...

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 10:26

8. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

It consumes more RAM. I like browser on HTC Sense. Other than that, the browser on Touchwiz is also awesome with flash support....
The best version of chrome is 30.0.1599.82..
Any older & newer version is not very good.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 09:53

6. user996 (Posts: 221; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

chrome sucks kills battery takes too much memory and doesn't support flesh

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 10:25

7. TheOldOne (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

same memory issue here too.
I have switched to Firefox nightly just for fun, a while back, much better experience.


posted on 21 Nov 2013, 12:02

10. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

..sticking with dolphin jetpack is mighty fine.
Especially since the last update to Dolphin

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 21:17

13. dorianb (Posts: 612; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Dolphin or Chrome Beta.
Firefox if I need flash.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 11:01

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


posted on 21 Nov 2013, 15:55

11. sckortyman (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

Chrome sucks far too much power, dolphin struggles with large pages, opera and firefox just look horrible, and the aosp browser was awesome. Why cant they bring that back? Really wish there was a better option than chrome but I haven't found any :/

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 17:31

12. runzlord (Posts: 242; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)

I like puffin but it connects to often and reloads page unneesary, uc browser still the best 4 me. Chrome suck ram, opera sucks! Ive nt tried dolphin and firefox.

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