Before I bought my Android, I heard that Firefox was its default browser. Upon noticing that this is not the case, I had assumed that the Internet browser on the Android was Google Chrome, but I just installed that today. Was Firefox ever the Android's default browser, and what is it now?

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    No it was never the default browser.
    – roxan
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 2:39
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    What's the current default browser? Feel free to post an answer so that I can best answer it. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 3:32
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    I love when people -1 without a comment. Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 22:54

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Firefox was never the default Android browser. The actual default browser is based on the open-source WebKit engine, which also powers the Safari browser on desktops, laptops and Apple's iOS-based mobile devices.

In the other hand, Chrome is based in Chromium and offers more options and performance than the stock browser.

  • You can read this similar post and here for some more information about the webkit choice by Android.
    – Grevling
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 12:11
  • Chrome also uses WebKit. Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 16:24

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