|KitKat 4.4 Android is shipping without a default browser, it has emerged. |
The news has been confirmed by several Android developers.
Google has pulled its default Android browser on the KitKat 4.4 upgrade and replaced it with Chrome. and separate Android vendor ie Samsung, HTC and Motorola will have to licence Chrome as part of the Google Apps license.
Even though Samsung has its own browser, most mobile users are likely to still want the hugely popular Chrome ready to go on their phone, so are likely to continue licencing it. But it does give Samsung scope to push its own browser in the future, although it'll have to make improvements on its current WebView browser.
But, still, its an interesting development and further evidence of Google tightening up its ship.
KitKat upgade is due on all newer Android devices eligible for a 4.4 upgrade or shipping out of the box such as LG G2 and Nexus 5.
"The first thing you'll notice about KitKat is we've made the experience much more engaging: the book you're reading, the game you're playing, or the movie you're watching - now all of these take centre stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see", writes Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps on a blog.
The new dialer automatically suggests people you are the most likely to call, while Caller ID matches an incoming phone number to a business even if its not stored in the contact. You can send texts directly from Google + Hangouts, which now supports location sharing.