Why is there the stock browser and Chrome?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by kat.hayes, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2011
    Why isn't Chrome the stock browser on all Android devices?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2010
    Because Google controls chrome, but the OEMS control the stock browser and can do stuff like add browser bars or defaults based on business deals. If not for the stock Android browser, OEMs may have started selling the default spot to 3rd party browsers, such as Firefox. At least this way Google has some conformity.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    I hate the stock browser. Even though I have Chrome set to default, when opening links from email and various other apps they will sometimes pop up in the Samsung browser. Really annoying.

    I hope they take care of this in KitKat, that and update the horrible stock SMS app.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2010
    If you go into settings then applications you can disable the stock app which then forces everything to go through chrome.
  5. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    The stock browser is a part of the Android Open Source Project and can be modified to fit in with custom themes better. Samsun and HTC both use a modified variant of the stock browser in their devices.

    Other OEM's must simply just include it in it's stock firm as it comes with the AOSP code.
  6. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011

    One of the biggest advantages of Android is the ability to set default apps. You need to clear the defaults on your stock browser (probably some combination of going to Settings > Applications > Stock Browser > Clear Defaults), then, next time you hit a link, it should ask you "what browser do you want to set as your default" and you can choose Chrome, then select "Always" and it ought to set Chrome as your default browser for launching links.

  7. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2013
    in the taint
    Google is shifting Google Voice and Messaging to Hangouts and you will be able to bypass the carrier or manufacturers bloat texting apps.

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