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The stock ICS is browser is the best stock Android browser to date, there's no doubt about that. However, it's not perfect - it's actually missing one crucial setting: UA string switching. On the other side of the table, it brings a killer feature over from Honeycomb (found in settings > labs) called quick controls. Once enabled, the URL bar will disappear, giving you more screen real estate for browsing. To access the settings menu, address bar, tab bar, etc., a simple tap on either side of the screen will bring up a circular menu with all of the options right there.

So, what does all this have to do with Browser Plus? These are the features that BP builds upon. It takes the stock ICS browser, adds the ability to change the UA string and brings navigation controls to the quick controls menu, making an already good browser even better.

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All this sounds great, right? There is one catch - it's for ICS only. If you are running ICS, however, it's definitely worth the download. Hit the link and grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.percobgrp.com Michael Stanley

    Sure wish they would extend this to the rest of us po' folks.....

    'Til then I will stick with Opera mobile

    • DCMAKER

      mobile mobile is horrific...i love opera for the desktop but their mobile app blows. dolfin HD all the way. So much better.

  • Joel

    can anyone quickly explain UA string switching please?

  • Evers

    That 'quick controls' have been in the stock browser since Honeycomb. And I hate it. Hopefully they've fixed all the crashes.

    • jacob

      they did. i've been using it since day one and it's never crashed on me.

  • miztrniceguy

    I have the QC in Honeycomb, but leave it off. It's not an ICS update

  • Andreas

    But... Those kind of controls does exist already?

  • http://justreboot.wordpress.com Dei

    Is this an augment for the browser, or an entirely separate app? (Better question: so I'll have 'Browser' and 'Browser Plus' sitting next to each other in my app drawer, or...?)

    • http://www.teamrou.com Phil Oakley

      If you're rooted, you could use Root Explorer to delete Browser Plus.

      I'll try this app out and report back :)

    • jacob

      it's a separate app, so they will be sitting next to each other. i think your app drawer can handle it...

  • Solarwind

    The Stock ICS Browser does have UA String Switching... type in about:debug on the address bar, hit enter, and then go to settings and Debug (just like Honeycomb).

    • Cameron Summerson

      Fair enough, I should have said "easy access to UA switching."

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    What the heck *is* 'UA Switching'. I have NO idea what you're referring to. Clarify, please?

    • Jim Crossley

      @royb
      "User Agent" switching. Tells the site that you are using a phone or a desktop, yielding either a site optimized for phones with less graphics or the full blown desktop site, respectively. Some sites even redirect you to sites with different content altogether if you try and access via a phone.

      • Roy Blumenthal

        Thanks Jim. Much appreciated.

  • D.J.

    Does this have the ability to lock the browser in landscape? I notice it is missing in ICS (may not be in Honeycomb either, I'm not sure) and I really liked it for reading in bed with the phone plugged in.

  • EngineerGA

    You mean to say that the "flaw" in my Xoom's browser is going to continue with ICS? I will forever be forced to see only mobile sites if the site doesn't give me the "full version" option? This is why I am forced to use xScope on many sites with my Xoom. The xScope browser lets me change to "desktop" for the UA value so I can see full sites with my tablet the way nature intended.

    Did Google do this to increase "market share" for their browser on sites that track this via the user-agent header, or something? I don't understand why they would hinder us this way intentionally.

  • jordan

    How did you change the app icon from their ugly globe with a plus sign, to your nice loookin green one?