Install AOSP Browser On Rooted Nexus 7
By on August 10th, 2012

The Nexus 7 is the first device from Google any Android OEM manufacturer to sport Chrome as its default browser. A beta version of Chrome for Android was released earlier this year, and the final version of the popular browser was released around a month-and-half ago.

Chrome for Android is probably the best browser out there for Android devices, with its ability to sync open tabs, bookmarks, history, password and much more across devices. However, the browser is a resource hogger, at least on my Galaxy Nexus. Until the next Nexus arrives, I will prefer using the stock AOSP browser, because it feels lighter, supports Flash and has ‘Quick Controls’.

If you own a Nexus 7 and have root access, you can easily install the stock AOSP browser. Simply download the Browser.apk from here, and paste it inside /system/app using any File explorer with root access like Root Explorer or OI File Manager. Also, make sure to change the permission of Browser.apk to Read/Write for the Owner, and only ‘Read’ for Group and Others. You can change permissions by long-pressing Browser.apk in Root Explorer and then selecting the ‘Permissions’ option.

You can also install Flash Player on your Nexus 7, without much of a hassle by following steps in this post.

Credits to Censura_Umbra for the APK and hack!

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