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M8: HTC Stock Browser gone?General

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  1. HenryKrinkle

    HenryKrinkle Well-Known Member

    I purchased the M8 yesterday and have noticed that HTC seems to have dropped their stock browser in favor of Chrome. I actually preferred the stock browser on the HTC one (2013) and am surprised that they removed it. Anyone else notice this?

  2. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    Yup, though not until you pointed it out. I only use Chrome, so I am actually glad it's gone.
  3. Slickyy

    Slickyy Well-Known Member

    I don't think that was HTC. I've never used a phone stock with 4.4.2 have the regular internet browser.
  4. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    Yeah it was gone on the G2 also. The push is toward Chrome it seems.
  5. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    Still got the stock browser on my T-MOBILE G2 w/KIT KAT, so, perhaps it's a carrier option?
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  6. iowabowtech

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    Hmm, must be then. I ended up flashing the stock browser and now that you mention it, that was pulled from a different variant iirc.
  7. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    Gotta make room for all of those wonderful apps that are exclusive to VZW.... :D
  8. iowabowtech

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    My counterargument to that is...that there is no counterargument. :D
  9. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    All the U. S. carriers are guilty as charged. ;)
    Honestly, I don't think it's such a big deal anymore. Most of those "Premium Apps" can be disabled, leaving plenty of storage for hundreds of other apps & their corresponding data.
    A couple years ago, definitely a different story. My 1st ANDROID, a HUAWEI ASCEND on CRICKET, comes to mind.......
  10. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    Yeah same here...Droid Incredible anyone? And they had a limitation on the sizing of the /data/data partition so that too many apps & data would result in major performance issues.

    Good point about the addition of disabling. Almost forgot about that. I've always been rooted so sudo rm /system/app/suckonthatverizon in the old days, TiBu for some time now. :D
  11. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    Sorry about the sidebar there OP. :)

    I'm not sure if you're in the market for 3rd party browsers but another staffer turned me on to Boat Browser and I even ended up ditching my sideloaded stock browser after coming to prefer it over all others. May be worth a look?
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  12. KOLIO

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    Here's another thread on the subject that you may wanna follow,from our neighbors @XDA-DEVELOPERS:

    stock browser?? - xda-developers
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  13. simonsimons34

    simonsimons34 Rom & Kernel Developer Developer

    Mine has the stock browser...
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  14. KOLIO

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  15. simonsimons34

    simonsimons34 Rom & Kernel Developer Developer

    Yes. It's called internet.

    Attached Files:

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  16. sikclown

    sikclown Well-Known Member

    Yup stock browser here too, on Sprint.
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  17. DEng66

    DEng66 Well-Known Member

    Yep, looks like it's just a Verizon thing. Verizon M8 is alos missing the Power Saver options. Not just the Extreme Power Saver settings, but the regular one too. Sometimes I think Verizon does this just because they can because I can't think of any business advantage to eliminating a browser. For what it's worth, the Verizon version also doesn't have the "powered by Android" message on the boot screen....at least mine doesn't!
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  18. KOLIO

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    This & this: http://androidforums.com/6499702-post7.html ;)

    Seriously,the HTC browser (at least on the M7) was,IMHO,just as much a beneficial feature as some of the more highly regarded ones (BOOMSOUND/Build Quality).
    GOOGLE would be wise to emulate.
    Perhaps HTC could put their browser in the GOOGLE PLAY STORE.If for no other reason,it'd be a nice way of giving VZW the one-finger salute. :D
    For that matter,I'd love to see it in the GOOGLE Play Store & put it on all of my devices,even if that meant paying for it on non-HTC devices.
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  19. simonsimons34

    simonsimons34 Rom & Kernel Developer Developer

    In my research chrome uses more data... So if you think about that you see Verizon's intentions
  20. xPhantom

    xPhantom Well-Known Member

    I'm so glad the Sprint version keeps the HTC browser. That is honestly my favorite browser of all the ones I've tried. The quick controls are so great!
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  21. Tlicious1020

    Tlicious1020 On Probation

    So true, the Sprint version does have it. I haven't even touched the power saver mode. I told my buddies with the S4 that they need to just hold this phone in their hand.
  22. parkert

    parkert Member

    But chrome is better isn't it :)
  23. PyroSporker

    PyroSporker Well-Known Member

    I noticed on Friday, while reading an extra long online article that is offered in a weekly installment, that HTC's stock browser is missing 'Reading Mode'. They must have dropped it in the latest Sense builds.

    Since I have unlimited Sprint data and since I don't find myself reading long articles too often, I haven't exactly noticed the subtraction of the feature, however I am a little bummed that the opportunity to utilize the option has been removed.

    (Reading mode displayed webpages as simple black and white text with all backgrounds, page styles, and formatting removed)
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