An incompatibility between F-Droid's current version of IceCat and Android 8, makes it that I can't Add to home screen from IceCat (well, I can, but it doesn't do anything other than jump back to Trebuchet).

How can I create a web-shortcut to IceCat in that case?

I figured I could create a web shortcut with another browser, but it seems those shortcuts are "bound" to their original browser, so even though IceCat is my default browser, the web shortcut opens up in another browser.

Maybe another way to ask this, is: how to create a web shortcut which is not specific to any browser, so when I click it I get asked which browser to use.

  • I didn't know about IceCat :). Anyway, it can be done if you have pro version of Nova launcher- just tried
    – beeshyams
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 13:05
  • I don't see it in F-droid. Is it Free Software? Also, it sounds like it's a launcher, hence a replacement for Trebuchet. Can it make/modify a shortcut that Trebuchet will know how to use?
    – Stefan
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 15:32
  • It's a launcher on Play Store. Free and paid. Only paid version can do this. I haven't used Trebuchet. You can download free version and see
    – beeshyams
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 15:53
  • Once it is installed it should replace Trebuchet and the paid version I tested with your browser and what you want can be achieved. It's very rich in customisation and hence very popular
    – beeshyams
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 15:58
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    For the functionality beeshyams describes (and I vaguely remember that from Apex launcher, which is quite similar), could ActivityLauncher fit? Haven't used it myself so I don't know if it can edit already existing shortcuts.
    – Izzy
    Commented Jul 10, 2019 at 6:32

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Try Website Shortcut. Open the app, paste the link of the website/webpage, then click on create shortcut. It will fetch the icon from the website for you.

On the home screen, click on the shortcut, you will be prompted to choose a browser. After selecting your browser, I advise to select "Just once" to allow the selection of other browsers if needed.

The disadvantage of the app is that if you remove it, the shortcuts will also be removed.

Disclaimer: I am not related to the app's developer.

EDIT: Below his the response I received from the app's developer as to why the source code is unavailable. He has given his authorisation to show the screenshot of his response.


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