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Looking for a very special Android browser.....

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By snovvman, Senior Member on 13th June 2014, 03:48 PM
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In the days of pre-KK/4.4.x, I used a browser called XScope. It's been around for a long time. I used it for specific sites, where I allow it to remember passwords. It's slim, fast, no spying (as far as I know) and relied on Webkit/Webview.

With 4.4.x on, Google apparently removed some of the features in Webkit/Webview so that the many many browsers that rely on it can no longer 1) save passwords and 2) perform text reflow.

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While there are many browsers with its own rendering engine and do save passwords, I also liked how XScope (and many others) DO NOT launch each page in "overview mode". Overview mode is where every time you click on the link, you're presented with the full width of the page. I would then have to zoom in to actually read the text EVERY TIME. It's very annoying and I don't understand why devs force overview with no way to disable it.

I am looking for a browser that, in 4.4.x, will remember passwords, DOES NOT force overview mode, and (a luxury) can reflow text.

I tried many, many browser, bu no joy so far (with the exception of one, see below).

Chrome - remembers passwords, but forces overview, no way to disable
Firefox - same
Opera - same (I hate how it forces to load the discovery pages)
Opera Classic - same

Dolphin - has a pw manager plug-in, but I am concerned about the privacy (along with Next Browser, UC Browser)

Web Browser (Ellen Wu) - None of the browsers below remembers passwords in KK
Habit Browser (very nice browser, it would be perfect if it remembered passwords)
Mercury Browser
Clean Mater Browser
Maxthon Web Browser
Boat Browser
Now Browser
Lighting Browser
Javelin Browser
One Browser
---and a host of others that rely on Webview. If the browser is less than a few MBs in size, you can assume it does.

I even thought about using Lastpass to fill, or its own browser. It does not fill into other browsers (except Chrome) and the built-in browser is weak.

Now then, I discovered that the TouchWiz/Samsung "Internet" browser DOES remember passwords AND allows one to disable page overview mode. It's bloated and has all the Samsung sync etc with it. It also does not work on AOSP.

Any bright ideas??

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29th December 2016, 09:52 PM |#2  
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2.5 years later, i'm still using xscope. i just bothered to do the upgrade to lollipop and it broke text reflowing, so i'm a sad panda looking for an xscope replacement too.
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Nothing is as good as xscope... Nowadays though I use Lightning and Flynx along with DAP
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