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August 10, 2013

Unrooted Nexus device owners can now install AOSP Browser


Owning any Nexus device you will have noticed that the AOSP browser missing from the Apps drawer. This was primarily a decision made by Google to have its Chrome browser installed. Many users are quite happy using Chrome with syncing with your other devices. Although some users are not happy not only with performance but mostly the lack of flash.

Not Rooted, Now what?

Before now, this would have been a setback, installing another third party browser that supported Flash. With some hard work by  XDA Forum Member blackhand1001, it is now possible to get back the AOSP Browser without Root access. What’s more, he also brings back the bookmark sync feature in order to allow you to share bookmarks with the instance of Chrome on your desktop.

Getting started is incredibly easy. First, navigate to /system/app and install browserproviderproxy.apk and reboot. Don’t worry, it won’t look like that part worked, but it worked. And no, you don’t need root access to simply view and execute from /system/app. All you need is a file manager capable of read-only access to that directory, such as ES File Exploper File Manager (Link below).
AOSP browser_WM_Screenshot
Then after the reboot, follow these steps:

1. Use ES file manager to browse to system/app and install browserproviderproxy (it will say app not installed, don’t worry it worked)

2. Reboot (it will not work without rebooting first)

3. Install signed Browser_blackhand1001.apk

4. Install ChromeBookmarksSyncAdapter_blackhand1001.apk (this will give you bookmark syncing)

Install the browser and (optionally) the bookmark sync app from this link,… Open the Zip and extract both the files, copy them to your device and install.

Once this is done, you’ll be able to browse all of your Flash-enabled sites with ease.

Thanks to blackhand1001 for his hard work. If you need the Adobe flash you can download it at MoDaCo.


ES File Exploer


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini