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

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



1. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

i love the browser of Sense 5..

5. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

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

2. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

8. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

6. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

7. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

13. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Dolphin or Chrome Beta. Firefox if I need flash.

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013


11. sckortyman

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 19, 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 :/

12. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 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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