[APP] [4.4+] Bromite - Chromium plus adblocking

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Guys, I cannot install Bromite System Webview. I follow the manual on github but after reboot nothing appears in Settings->Developer options->Webview Implementation....it is blank....if I install Webview from playstore, it appears there but not Bromite Webview. OS is Lineage 14.1 (7.1.2). Any ideas how to fix it?
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Seems like Bromite Webview does not work on Android 10

I tried this on followmsi's Lineage 17 build (20191107) for Pixel C. For some reasons Bromite WebView would not register on Android Q. It will not show up in the available WebView implementations list. This is tested using both NanoDroid BromiteWebView module (22.5, which is already aware of the new path) as well as replacing the apk manually in the system/product/app.

Not sure whether it's compatible now or not, as I tested this only a few weeks ago (when the Lineage 17 build I mentioned just came out). If the problem is not on your end, I'll look into Android Q's source to see what might have caused it, and if the Lineage 17 build in question might be causing it, I'll report the issue there instead.
 

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@csagan5 it looks like the YouTube background playback feature broke in the latest release, it was working fine a couple of versions ago (iirc).
It was quite handy, (maybe not privacy related but...)

Use the desktop site switch and leave it on desktop. The video will keep playing in the background.

Edit : Just read the new changelog and the problem was fixed. Still prefer my tip, gives you the fully functional site. ( And background playing on most browsers, not just Bromite. )
 
 
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Use the desktop site switch and leave it on desktop. The video will keep playing in the background.

Edit : Just read the new changelog and the problem was fixed. Still prefer my tip, gives you the fully functional site. ( And background playing on most browsers, not just Bromite. )
I know this.
But it's convenient if enabled by default.
(Managing the desktop mode ui can be difficult sometimes.)
Thanks though.
 
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This flag apparently doesn't exist anymore :

chrome://flags/#disable-pull-to-refresh-effect

Anybody knows of any other way to disable this extremely intrusive, web-breaking behaviour ?

TIA.

Edit : Maybe it's me, the devices I handle, my hands... But the fact is it keeps getting triggered when it shouldn't. It's annoying when it reloads a page, but it is straight up damaging when it reloads a web application and destroys an ongoing process and / or causes loss of data.
 
 
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Open via bromite 78******105
On dns over https flags - google dns

What doesn't load its the video web player with the live tv channel transmission

---------- Post added at 03:40 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:35 PM ----------

after enabling DoH on privacy options and save without URL the browser will crash without the option to modify that setting.
The only options its clear the storage for the APP which means lost all the history, etc.

---------- Post added at 03:42 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:40 PM ----------

Hello.\

I created the issue 384 and was closed because it didn't have the template. Then I created the issue 386 with the template but it was closed duplicated.

https://github.com/bromite/bromite/issues/386

thanks
 

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Is there any reason why the latest update still isn't on the f-droid repo?
It should be updated now.

after enabling DoH on privacy options and save without URL the browser will crash without the option to modify that setting.
The only options its clear the storage for the APP which means lost all the history, etc.
I have created issue https://github.com/bromite/bromite/issues/430 to track this problem.

I created the issue 384 and was closed because it didn't have the template. Then I created the issue 386 with the template but it was closed duplicated.

https://github.com/bromite/bromite/issues/386
Perhaps you have not seen the comment in issue 384 which is there since October 15th: https://github.com/bromite/bromite/issues/384#issuecomment-542408991
 

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    There seems to be a serious memory leak in the last version. After a few minutes of normal use, Bromite will start reloading tabs and Android itself shuts down other applications as Bromite's RAM usage goes up and up.

    In my usual device Bromite rarely goes over 400 MB or 500 MB of RAM use, but now it quickly reaches 1 GB and goes over unless stopped and restarted.

    Edit : It's been between 300 and 400 MB since I restarted it last, and can't replicate now. Haven't changed anything systemwise or used it any differently. Not sure why the spikes in RAM usage in these last few days.
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    I strongly dislike the taller size of the tabs now in grid view ( they were 3:4, now 1:2 ? ) and went through all the alternative options, but, just like you, I noticed they are fixed in that mode and won't change to any other.
    Hi @csagan5

    Is it possible to disable the grid view/ tab groups in the latest Bromite?

    I set the "enable tab grid layout" to "disabled" and relaunched the browser several times (I even FCed it) but I'm still seeing the grid view.

    Fyi, doing so in Google Chrome actually works. Maybe something is missing in Chromium-based browsers?

    Thanks!
    I successfully disable it on my old android (android 6) by disabling some flags related then exit & open the browser twice. But I also clean browsing cache, history etc on bromite first.

    These are the flags
    1. Tab grid layout.
    2. Tab groups.
    3. Tab groups continuation.
    4. Tab groups ui improvements.

    Are you guys sure has disabled them ?
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    I have started an open source project to support Chromium + custom patches for adblocking:

    https://www.bromite.org/

    What is Bromite?
    Bromite is Chromium plus ad blocking and privacy enhancements; it started as a port of NoChromo and nowadays adds more privacy-focused patches and is maintained against the latest stable Chromium.

    Development & donations
    Please join the development on Github for improvements.
    Donations are welcome and help supporting development and build server costs!

    Download & availability
    Bromite is available for download from the Bromite Official website, which points to the Github Releases for all the downloads, and via the official third-party F-Droid repository.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Q. Does Bromite support Google Sync, Translate or Data saver?
    No. This is not a limitation of Bromite but of all Chromium-based projects in general, as general public is not allowed to use Google's APIs for free unless when using Chrome.

    Q. Does Bromite require root?
    No.

    Q. What is the SystemWebView?
    It is the core component of Android for all web page visualizations. For example when you access a new wifi network and need to activate it, that is using the SystemWebView. If you do not know what it is then you do not need to install it.

    How to enable DNS-over-HTTPS?
    See this wiki page.

    Q. Can you add dark mode/some cool themes?
    No.
    Bromite is about adblocking and privacy.

    For other F.A.Q.s see https://github.com/bromite/bromite/blob/master/FAQ.md

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    NOTE: the author (@csagan5) is not posting frequently on these forums, for official information about Bromite refer to the official website and GitHub project.
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    I don't see how Bromite could violate Chrome's policies since it's based on Chromium. What about all CAF/chromium based browsers? Opera, Brave, Inox, Iridium...
    But I think you should change the logo. I created the attached logo if necessary. Released under CC0 1.0 Universal license :)

    What do you mean by "make a Br logo if you can"?

    Here are two versions in green. I guess it's better to wait for csagan5's opinion before doing anything else :)

    Thanks @OSheden for your work, I truly forgot to say that after the exchange with Bruce from Google Play Team I decided to close my account (forfeiting the 25$ of course) because basically he threatened to suspend my account if I continued asking what is in violation, rather than only the app as they had done already, preventing me from making any changes already. Threatening is generally not a good sign, regardless of what platform you are publishing on. It is not a sign of a healthy ecosystem either, and Google Play is not. They have the monopoly and act as such. This means that they are very defensive and they decide the rules, and that's it. I asked in every single email Bruce to learn what is Chromium, to no extent, but it's not his fault. They told him to keep using pre-canned answers, and that's what he does.

    I do not want people to be confused with Chrome but to understand it's a fork of Chromium even by the logo (this is very common in open source world). That is both because I believe Chromium project should not die (I hope so) and because it is generally positive for open source projects to share roots and thrive in different directions.

    For the time being I do not plan changing the logo, I personally do not care about the logo - but as per tag-line, Bromite is Chromium + adblocking and some privacy-oriented patches. It is not Chrome and I have no problem making steps to make it different, but not for the Play Store.

    My decision is not much of a ragequit but rather an acknowledgement that a) it would require a massive amount of time to abide to each and every request of the reviewers and b) I do not agree with the position of "this is violating Chrome" when 100% of the Chrome team publishes the patches for Chromium under that brand. I prefer spending that time as I have been doing to maintain Bromite.

    You are probably asking: what about F-Droid? see https://github.com/bromite/bromite/issues/4

    In other news, version 63.0.3239.150 is almost finished building (~10 hours left I think) and contains some nice bugfixes.
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    66.0.3359.188 has been released.

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    68.0.3440.90 has been released.

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    65.0.3325.230 has been released.

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