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I got in my hand an old Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro from 12 years ago and this is a quite nice, beautiful, and outdated Android. I do have however interest in seeing how modern mobile apps behave on this device.

The default Android browser simply doesn't open any page anymore, but I got it rooted and installed the first Opera version (6.x) I found on APK Mirror.

Does anyone know which exact version is the most modern browser that this Android 1.6 device can run?

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  • Based on the data from Wikipedia this phone has only 256 MB RAM, which is a very very small amount. So even if you find a working web browser just opening the web browser will most likely require more RAM than you have. I would assume that app you test simly crash directly at startup or a little time later just because of missing RAM.
    – Robert
    Jan 26, 2023 at 8:47

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Cross-checking the Wikipedia entry for Android web browsers with APK mirroring sites, looks like only Opera 12.1 is supported on Android 1.6.

For references:

Browser Android version
Brave Private Web Browser Android 4.1+
CM Browser Android 4.0+
Cliqz Android 4.4+
Ghostery Privacy Browser Android 4.1+
Dolphin Browser Android 2.0.1+
Dolphine Zero Android 2.2+
Lunascape Android 2.2+
Firefox Android 2.0+
Firefox Lite Android 5.0
Google Chrome Android 4.0+
Kiwi Browser Android 4.1+
Lunascape Android 2.2+
Mercury Android 2.3.4+
Microsoft Edge Android 4.4+
Naver Whale Android 5.0+
Opera Browser Android 1.5+ (10.1.1011151737), Android 1.6+ (12.1)
Opera Mini Android 2.3+
Samsung Internet Browser Android 4.4+
Sleipnir Android 4.0.3+
UC Browser Android 2.1+
Vivaldi Browser Android 5.0+
Waterfox Android 4.1+
Yandex Browser Android 4.1+

Note however that despite the possibility to install Opera 12.1, it's still not guaranteed that most modern websites will open due to HTTPS-only and only supporting TLS 1.2 and above, which is only supported since Android 4.4+.

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  • I am not sure if the TLS version of web browsers is really an issue. as this only affects the Android Java API but web browsers are usually written in C/C++ and most likely contain their own SSL/TLS library.
    – Robert
    Jan 26, 2023 at 8:45
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    Another point is that a small APK size can imply that the app is just a skin over the Android framework WebView which prior to Android 5.0 was only updated with a ROM update. An old embeddable engine for Android 4.0+ results in a APK of about 20MB Jan 28, 2023 at 4:03

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