Different vendors send non-Chrome browsers by default. Can I assume all of them to be Chromimum based?

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The default browser on stock Android is Google Chrome. This uses the Blink layout engine. For AOSP installations without the Google Apps, the default browser is the old "Browser" app that uses Webkit.

However, other browsers are available. Firefox uses Gecko, Opera uses Blink, Dolphin uses Webkit, and there are probably others. Additionally, I am informed in the comments that Samsung and HTC install different (non-Chrome) browsers on their phones. I do not know what they are, or what engine they use.

Summary: Android does not have a single browser or layout engine.

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    The default browser on Google Android is Chrome, the default browser on AOSP is the old 'Browser'. You are right, but there is a difference between 'Android' and 'Google Android', though it's a loose definition!
    – RossC
    Nov 3, 2014 at 11:54
  • Then there's Samsung's default browser for Android, HTC's default one and so on. The fragmentation of Android makes this an absolute pain. +1 for the answer though!
    – RossC
    Nov 3, 2014 at 15:12
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    @rossC thanks, I hadn't considered AOSP. And I wasn't aware that Samsung and HTC replace Chrome... the last time I had an HTC phone, Chrome wasn't available for Android anyway!
    – Flyto
    Nov 3, 2014 at 15:49

No, you can't. If you want a more specific answer than that, you need to give more details on what you're trying to achieve, but bear in mind that programming questions are off-topic on this site.

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