New method allows you to bring back AOSP Browser on KitKat, no root required

by: Andrew GrushJune 9, 2014


If you own a modern Android device, odds are your default browser is Chrome, though you may elect to use something else as your primary portal to the web. Long gone are the days when the AOSP browser was king, and most of us are more than glad to leave it behind in favor of the much more modern, feature-heavy Chrome experience.

Still, there are some situations where the traditional default browser performed better, particularly on less powerful Android devices with limited amounts of RAM. While Chrome sometimes is a bit choppy on these devices, the stock browser performed smoothly and had the added bonus of excellent pie controls. Find yourself wishing your modern, KitKat-powered device could run the stock browser? While the CM team were the ones that updated the browser to work with KitKat, XDA forum member LitoNi shared it with the world.

The good news here is that root isn’t required to get the stock browser to work. The bad news is that installing it isn’t as easy as running a simple APK. Instead, you’ll start by installing the BrowserProviderProxy.apk to the /system/apps/folder. The installation will say it failed but after rebooting you’ll be able to get it working by following the instructions found over at the XDA forum.

For those hoping to use the AOSP Browser with Flash, the bad news is that no version of Flash player has been able to work with this on KitKat. While it’s possibles some kind of fix will be discovered, we wouldn’t count on it.

Anyone out there still prefer AOSP Browser over Chrome? Conversely, do you feel that the old Android browser is best left in the past?

  • Jayfeather787

    I actually like the AOSP browser. It is light and fast. It does not have all the bells and whistles of Chrome, but it does what I need it to do, and that is all. Besides, I do not really use the web on my phone, I save that for my computer and laptop. My phone’s main purpose is to make phone calls and get wiped for new custom ROMs :P

  • wezi427

    I always say whatever works for you, but I prefer Chrome.

    • machzk

      Chrome was my browser of choice. But it is choppy on some pages on my Android phone and it has become incredibly resource intensive on my Mac. I remember when Chrome was the lightest fastest browser in town. Anyhow, I am back to Firefox for both devices

      • wezi427

        I definitely see what you are saying. I’m so used to using it that when I try something new I always go back. Firefox is my second favorite. Dolphin, now that’s a browser I don’t see why so many people a big on.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Now if someone finds a way to get Talk back, that would rock.

  • MasterMuffin

    “Let it go, let it go!”

    Any browser that uses the built-in chromium engine is as fast as this (lightning, naked) and some of them have more features and some of them look prettier :)

    • Jayfeather787

      AOSP browser FTW.

      • MasterMuffin

        Should I say: just LET IT GO.

        You knew that was coming :P

        • Jayfeather787


          • MasterMuffin

            Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know!

          • Jayfeather787

            I actually didn’t see that coming.

          • MasterMuffin

            I know the lyrics of every song in Frozen. Bet you didn’t see that one coming either :D

          • Jayfeather787

            Nope. *Backs away slowly*

          • MasterMuffin

            Do you want to build a snowman? Or should I just stop? I think I’ll stop :D

          • Jayfeather787

            I’m done with this. *Flips desk*

          • I feel you, buddy, I feel you…

          • Scott Ricketts

            Ugh… stoopid comments system won’t let me post the gif…

          • MasterMuffin


          • Anonymousfella

            How many times have you watched it?? :o

          • MasterMuffin

            Too many!

          • Anonymousfella

            Hahaha I guessed so.

          • Jayfeather787

            That’s apparent.

          • MasterMuffin

            BTW People are only hating on Frozen because some many people love it. It’s the new Lion King and the truth is, it’s better than Lion King. If Frozen was the old classic and Lion King came out now, everyone would be saying how Frozen is better. Better plot, animating and songs. Deal with it :)

          • Jayfeather787

            I hate it because it’s annoying as shiz. The only good part was when Olaf got impaled by the ice, and he was like “Oh look, I’ve been impaled”. The rest of the movie was awful.

          • MasterMuffin

            You have just made an enemy. “Let the storm rage on”

  • Aar0nC

    If you’re on Kitkat and wish to use Flash, your best (and maybe only option) is to used a hacked version of flash combo with dolphin jetpack and dolphin browser! All the info is easy found on XDA developers.

  • I’ve actually had numerous people complain to me when I recommended them Nexus devices, only to have their ability to play Flash files broken after the update to 4.4 For me, I still use Boat browser with Flash as I still need it in the day to day, despite Chrome being faster. Some of us still need it. Updates aren’t always welcome – despite the best attempts and intentions of Google and all involved.

    • what flash files would people want to play? Nearly all sites today use a system that will load either flash or a normal video file that’s compatible with all smartphones.

      • Arturo Raygoza


  • Albin

    The best browser is yet to be invented. It will obviate and eliminate all the nuisance, locally installed and continuously demanding apps that are nothing but locally installed web pages. All those web-linked apps will take care of themselves in the cloud where they belong and be accesed in the anti-browser, as I like to think of it. It will not be a poorly designed knock off of a desktop browser, but another complete homescreen without space-wasting borders, boxes and navigation icons and it will eliminate all the apps that don’t relate to directly to hardware and the OS.

  • a671

    Anyone knows what theme he use on the screenshot? With the floating sofkeys and orange/grey-ish bottom navbar

    • Mahir007

      He’s using a Xperia tablet where you can “Xperia Themes” and that theme is called Tri-Flat, not possible on anything other than a Xperia device.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    Still rocking ff

  • Kiza

    Anyone looking for a browser with flash should try flash fox. Its a paid app but theres a free version too if u dont mind the ads.

    • zult

      Free flash experience through dolphin jetpack, i m using it n worked…even proxying…

  • jonnymoon96

    I reckoned aosp browser
    But if you want flash go with dolphin browser
    Every other browser only does legacy support