No Root Required, This Handy Method Puts The AOSP Browser Back On Your Kit Kat Device

June 9, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

This is my browser. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My browser is my best friend, it is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My browser, without me, is useless. Without my browser, I am useless. While some might feel this passionate about their browser of choice the fact remains that there are now an infinite number of browser apps out there for Android that one can choose from. The original AOSP browser was one that was loved far and wide and back during the Ice Cream Sandwich days it really came into its own. Chrome for Android has taken over as the main default browser on all Android devices now, but that doesn’t mean you have to use Chrome. You can go with any number of other popular and capable possibilities like Firefox or even the AOSP browser.

Yes, even in Kit Kat. While the AOSP browser is no longer a thing baked right into devices these days, some crafty gentleman over at XDA developers have conjured up a way to gain back the AOSP browser without the need for root access, although the act of getting the AOSP browser to work with Kit Kat devices rests with the expertise of the folks at Cyanogen. So if you want a little bit of nostalgia while searching for the latest issue of your favorite comic this little method can help you do so. It isn’t terribly difficult, but you’ll need at least one more step than simply installing the AOSP browser apk file, but once completed, you can browse just like the good old days. This can be especially handy for those who have devices running Kit Kat but also run lower amounts of memory. Chrome is pretty minimalist the way it is, but it still requires more memory resources than the AOSP browser so this is a great example of why someone might want to do this.

To get the AOSP browser downloaded and installed correctly on your Kit Kat device you’ll want to jump to the thread at XDA developers with the full set of instructions and follow them to the letter. If you fancy yourself an AOSP user now you can have the browsing experience back that you longed for.