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The stock browser can safely be removed. However, if you factory reset your android and are in a public institution or other such place that requires you to open your browser to finish connecting to the WiFi, then you will not have a browser available to open and will not be able to finish initializing your WiFi connection.


Use an app called LoginBox. It's a browser that specialize in remembering the complete login process.


Posting this a separate answer from an unrelated edit to an existing answer. Flash is the reason we continue to use the old, stock browser. The so-called stock browser is small & it supports Flash video, as do a couple of newer browsers. And the Flash .apk is still available from several reputable sites (but not from Google Play) so it's easy to get ...


Why is the Android stock browser still alive? As of June this year, 15.7% (0.8+14.9) of users still use Android 2.2 and 2.3.x (Froyo and Gingerbread), since Chrome supports only Android 4.0+, these users can't use Chrome for Android. Also Android 4.0 (ICS), which has 12.3% of users, does not come with Chrome preinstalled. Moreover, I think the stock ...

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