I would like to get rid of the stock browser (org.lineageos.jelly) on my phone that runs LineageOS. Other threads and sites already go into the details of removing pre-installed apps with/without root but I am wondering if there are any risks of removing the browser in particular? For instance, is the Android System WebView implementation in any way tied to the stock browser? (I'd still want to be able to use apps that use WebView.) More generally, is there anything else I'd affect by removing the stock browser?
I ended up going ahead and just removed the Jelly browser – initially manually by using TWRP's file manager and later – since it came back when I updated the system afterwards (duh) – using a handy flashable zip that I got from LOSdiet. So far, so good. Everything seems to work fine.
As for WebView, the Android System WebView entry in the developer settings is still there, so I suppose WebView is not tied to the
Jelly.apk. Indeed, the LOSdiet site github.io page as well as the old CyanogenMod "barebones" wiki page indicate that the default (pre-installed) WebView is a separate