HTC is getting rid of their stock Android web browser on November 30
posted by Joe M. / Oct 15, 2016, 8:42 AM
HTC 10, for example, Google Photos and Google Play Music were used as the default gallery and music player apps - not stock HTC ones that would simply duplicate the functionality of Google's own versions. News broke today that on November 30, HTC would be taking the ax to yet another stock app of theirs. This time around, it's HTC's stock web browser that will be getting the plug pulled on it.For the past year or two, HTC has done a pretty commendable job at limiting the amount of unnecessary applications that they pre-install on their Android smartphones. On the
Replacing the stock browser on all future HTC handsets will be Google Chrome, and this is a move that we really are quite pleased to see. The latest updated to HTC's browser will allow you to transfer any bookmarks you've made on it to another browser of your choice, but come November 30, the app will be removed from the Play Store and will no longer receive any future updates. A number of users have already taken to the Play Store to sound their irritation at HTC for choosing to discontinue their web browser, but as we've seen from HTC and a number of other OEMs, trashing these stock apps and moving to Google-made ones seems to be the way of the future.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you prefer stock OEM apps or ones that are made by Google?
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Basically HTC phones will be nexus phones with extra useful features without bloatware and heavy skins. Something Samsung and LG seem to fail to realise is a huge plus.
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 8:56 AM 11
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It's funny putting a positive spin on HTCs attempt at trimming down their expenses because they're slowly dying.
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 10:55 AM 0
Hell no it isn't. More like it runs your phone hot while pretty much no other browser does this, Firefox and Opera smash Chrome's pathetic resource hogging crap. Thanks for becoming the new Apple with your stance on browsers, Google.
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 11:49 AM 1
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I use Firefox on my laptop as it has better battery life than Chrome Firefox is so slow on Android Even with uBlock, stock Chrome is still way faster on my Nexus 5 I use one of those Qualcomm optimised Chromium browsers It has most of Chrome's features (just a couple versions behind), and has built-in ad blocker
posted on Oct 16, 2016, 11:00 PM 0
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 9:45 AM 0
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Xiaomi browser does well too. You can check it on gsmarena. Feature rich and pretty damn stable.
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 11:30 AM 0
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Giving free money to Google. Sod off, OEM needs to create their own services "This creates for a lot of unnecessary bloat on your phone or tablet that you simply cannot git rid of" I agree that it' should be removable, but why should OEMs use Google apps as default if it means more marketshare and profits for Google for free?
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 10:03 AM 2
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Actually for me, it's kinda sad where Android had lost it uniqueness. I mean, Google shouldn't force every OEM to pre-installed their browser, music player or gallery/photo apps on their phones. I really loved some of those so called "bloatware" browser or music player, it actually better than Google counterpart. It just sad that most of these OEM had no choice but to abandon their own apps just because they were force to installed the Google apps and their apps will become the "bloatware".
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 10:12 AM 5
Google apps are the bloatware. They are the most featureless, battery sucking, ugly apps on android phones and google literally slaps them to your face. The only good google app is the google search app.
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 11:04 AM 3
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Mostly agree, I've disabled many of google's apps that came with my OnePlus One and kept the non-google variants (e.g. the Cyanogen Calendar instead of google calendar) or found something else on the Play Store (e.g. Power Amp instead of Play Music). However, in conjunction with the Google search app, I use YouTube, Maps, Translate, and Google+ (saddly, it's much better way of following and responding to YouTube conversations than the YouTube app itself, otherwise would have disabled it).
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 3:59 PM 0
Samsung's stock browser with an ad block add on is great on my s7 edge. Really quick and fluid, especially on this site..
posted on Oct 15, 2016, 12:30 PM 1
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In all seriousness, who used the stock browser anyway? Most people install a decent browser like Boat Browser, Dolphin or Firefox. Chrome and other OEM browsers don't support Flash and lack a lot of good features so why one would use them is beyond me.
posted on Oct 17, 2016, 8:08 AM 0
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