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18th November 2012, 06:29 AM   |  #1  
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Anybody less than enchanted by Chrome in its current state? Well, now that the Nexus 4 has been rooted you can install AOSP browser, which is lovely and smooth The apk was extracted from a Nexus 7 AOSP 4.2 build, but it should work on the N4 as well.

Benefits = faster benchmarks and smoother scrolling.

> Must be rooted.

> Copy the browser.apk into the system/app folder

> With a root file explorer change the file permissions of the browser.apk to -rw-rw-r (you will see this represented as 664) If you don't do this, it won't install.

> You must rename the BrowserProviderProxy.apk & BrowserProviderProxy.odex otherwise the browser will force close, just add a 1 to the name e.g. 1BrowserProviderProxy.apk1 Do not delete them, if you still want to OTA update Android. Android checks for any changes to the system/app folder before performing an OTA, so you will have to delete the browser.apk and rename the two file back to stock, when it is OTA time.


MD5 Sum: cdc18db0cad812225d8412be4e27182b


Props to ScuzUK (Post #6) for highlighting a method of syncing bookmarks between Chrome Desktop.

Bookmark Sync apk.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...&postcount=145
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18th November 2012, 07:51 AM   |  #2  
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This should go in Themes and Apps, not development.
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18th November 2012, 12:40 PM   |  #3  
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Brilliant and got that working but no bookmark sync?
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18th November 2012, 01:55 PM   |  #4  
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This should go in Themes and Apps, not development.

+1 please move to themes and apps
18th November 2012, 03:36 PM   |  #5  
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Does this one have the private browsing page too where there is no history? Incognito I think it's called. The browser apk I have does not have it. Also can some one upload the browser proxy apk and odex file for me I deleted mine like an ass. And I agree chrome blows!
18th November 2012, 04:09 PM   |  #6  
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Brilliant and got that working but no bookmark sync?

Got bookmarks working thanks to: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...&postcount=145

So I now have smooth Asop browser with flash and bookmark sync.

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18th November 2012, 04:45 PM   |  #7  
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Could anybody running AOSP browser on their Nexus 4 please perform a Sunspider test, link below, thx.

http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider....1/driver.html
18th November 2012, 06:12 PM   |  #8  
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Could anybody running AOSP browser on their Nexus 4 please perform a Sunspider test, link below, thx.

http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider....1/driver.html

http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider...,143,128%5D%7D
18th November 2012, 06:33 PM   |  #9  
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Quite a bit slower than my stock Nexus 7 with the same ASOP browser 4.2, and even a blind crack-addicted donkey knows that the S4 Pro is more powerful than Tegra 3

Your result 1801 ms (Nexus 4)

My Result 1443 ms (Nexus 7)


At the end of the day, Sunspider is an outdated benchmark and page load times and HTML 5 compliance are more important, but it is strange that the same SoC minus 2 cores in Windows Phone 8 can achieve sub 1000ms scores, it seems that Qualcomm have a lot of room to optimize their Javascript libraries for Jelly Bean 4.2.
18th November 2012, 08:17 PM   |  #10  
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Guess I MUST root my phone now!

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