1. Vance14's Avatar
    If you like the ICS browser in general, but wish it had more functionality, do yourself a favor and go here:

    https://market.android.com/details?i...3dzZXJwbHVzIl0.

    and check it out. A couple of the Android sites have already started Tweeting about it, which is how I found it. Once installed, go to Settings, Labs and check to enable the Quick Controls. They are just like the current ones, but more options: straight to bookmarks, refresh and a Back and Forward button. Just awesome!
    zeke013 and mozy like this.
    01-03-2012 11:08 AM
  2. zeke013's Avatar
    Downloading now. Thanks for the heads up.
    01-03-2012 11:21 AM
  3. CallerHoller's Avatar
    I tried quick controls when I saw it in tips. I didn't find it quick at all. Disabled it.
    samkatz likes this.
    01-03-2012 11:23 AM
  4. jakeh0's Avatar
    this is pretty cool and i like being able to quickly access my bookmarks which you can't do as quickly in ICS as in GB
    01-03-2012 11:28 AM
  5. Vance14's Avatar
    I tried quick controls when I saw it in tips. I didn't find it quick at all. Disabled it.
    For me, it was the fact that these options were very difficult to get to at all without using Quick Controls. While I usually don't like "gesture" features, being able to get to my bookmarks, refresh, back and forwards, and the address bar without going and searching for them (if they are available at all) was worth it.

    The one bad thing about the Quick Controls is that I sometimes accidentally activate it. But overall, definitely worth using for me.

    What I would really like is a customizable Menu button that was persistent on the page.
    01-03-2012 11:34 AM
  6. Stang68's Avatar
    Ugly icon.
    01-03-2012 11:36 AM
  7. Vance14's Avatar
    Ugly icon.
    Ha! very true.

    Since I access the web using the bookmarks widget, it shouldn't effect me. When I first pressed a bookmark after installing, it prompted to choose a browser, and I chose Browser+ as the default, so now it just goes direct. Unfortunately, the general browser icon on the bottom of the widget is still set to stock and I can't see how to change that default. But, I usually just hit the Google bookmark to start anyway.

    Hmm, I need to test what happens when I use voice command to search . . . Edit: awesome, it let's me choose the default there, now set!
    01-03-2012 11:43 AM
  8. zeke013's Avatar
    Won't let me log into other forums sites. No thanks.
    01-03-2012 12:02 PM
  9. jafels's Avatar
    I can get to my bookmarks or refresh in like 2 seconds with the stock browser.....i dont really see what the big deal is.
    01-03-2012 12:07 PM
  10. Vance14's Avatar
    Won't let me log into other forums sites. No thanks.
    Not sure what you mean. I just logged into the Phandroid forums, trying it out. I even made it a bookmark and went back a couple of times.
    01-03-2012 12:13 PM
  11. zeke013's Avatar
    Tried ar15.com

    Won't pull up a keyboard for me to input username. Also won't focus on data entry slots when I hit them. Screen goes black and moves the data pop-up to mid-screen, forcing me to drag over until I've found it.
    01-03-2012 12:26 PM
  12. Vance14's Avatar
    Tried ar15.com

    Won't pull up a keyboard for me to input username. Also won't focus on data entry slots when I hit them. Screen goes black and moves the data pop-up to mid-screen, forcing me to drag over until I've found it.
    I went there and pressed the subscribe button for the newsletter and had no problem. I then tried the login up on top and got a weird screen, sort of janky, the login entry boxes all off center and even doubled. But the keyboard did pop up and I was able to enter text, but it was not pretty.

    Then I used the stock browser and had exactly the same experience. It looks like it is the site, not the browser. I am pretty sure they used the exact same browser program and just added features.
    01-03-2012 12:46 PM
  13. zeke013's Avatar
    I went there and pressed the subscribe button for the newsletter and had no problem. I then tried the login up on top and got a weird screen, sort of janky, the login entry boxes all off center and even doubled. But the keyboard did pop up and I was able to enter text, but it was not pretty.

    Then I used the stock browser and had exactly the same experience. It looks like it is the site, not the browser. I am pretty sure they used the exact same browser program and just added features.
    Weird - the stock browser works as expected for me.
    01-03-2012 01:02 PM
  14. blueyce28's Avatar
    downloading. thanks
    01-03-2012 01:13 PM
  15. samkatz's Avatar
    I tried quick controls for two weeks because I like the full screen view. But I kept hitting it by mistake when I was scrolling pages, also the "controls" on quick controls werent very intuitive in matching up the icon w/the function. I also could not find where to search a term in a page in quick controls.
    i went back to the normal view by unchecking LABS but I wish I could access bookmarks faster
    01-03-2012 01:15 PM
  16. Vance14's Avatar
    samkatz, I do hit it on accident as well, a bit annoying and I did have to just figure out what the icons all meant. I agree, they are not all intuitive!

    As far as searching terms, I think you helped me just discover a bug that exists (at least on my phone) in both the stock and Browser Plus! You can long-press any word and it will bring up the "select" blue arrows which you can move around to select. Then the at the top is a menu list, etc. I can share, copy, find, but when I go to "Web Search" for that word or phrase, it shuts down the browser! So, there is a method for doing it, but it crashed the browser! I have not tried that function with the labs Quick Controls turned off.

    The fact that the same error occurs on both browsers in exactly the same way I think supports the idea that Browser Plus is EXACTLY the same browser with just a few additions.
    01-03-2012 01:42 PM
  17. sutrebla15's Avatar
    Is it just me or does this browser suck up more battery than stock? I used stock browser the whole day until I tried Browser+ for about 15-20 mins. I looked at battery usage and Browser+ was 12% while stock was just 3%.
    01-03-2012 01:55 PM
  18. mozy's Avatar
    If you like the ICS browser in general, but wish it had more functionality, do yourself a favor and go here:

    https://market.android.com/details?i...3dzZXJwbHVzIl0.

    and check it out. A couple of the Android sites have already started Tweeting about it, which is how I found it. Once installed, go to Settings, Labs and check to enable the Quick Controls. They are just like the current ones, but more options: straight to bookmarks, refresh and a Back and Forward button. Just awesome!
    Looks cool - I'm going to check it out!
    01-03-2012 01:58 PM
  19. samkatz's Avatar
    samkatz, I do hit it on accident as well, a bit annoying and I did have to just figure out what the icons all meant. I agree, they are not all intuitive!

    As far as searching terms, I think you helped me just discover a bug that exists (at least on my phone) in both the stock and Browser Plus! You can long-press any word and it will bring up the "select" blue arrows which you can move around to select. Then the at the top is a menu list, etc. I can share, copy, find, but when I go to "Web Search" for that word or phrase, it shuts down the browser! So, there is a method for doing it, but it crashed the browser! I have not tried that function with the labs Quick Controls turned off.

    The fact that the same error occurs on both browsers in exactly the same way I think supports the idea that Browser Plus is EXACTLY the same browser with just a few additions.
    Thank you Vance. I was not aware of the hard press/search option. On my stock browser it works fine: hard press, 3 dots, "web search". Maybe you can uninstall and reinstall your browser??

    rt
    01-03-2012 02:44 PM
  20. Vance14's Avatar
    Is it just me or does this browser suck up more battery than stock? I used stock browser the whole day until I tried Browser+ for about 15-20 mins. I looked at battery usage and Browser+ was 12% while stock was just 3%.
    Interesting, I will have to keep an eye on that myself. Right now, Browser Plus only shows 4%, but I can't see the stock browser, so it must be pretty low. I have been using the new one a lot more, though, testing things out. Something to keep an eye on.

    Samkatz, luckily, that is not a feature I really use (can't recall ever using it) but of course now that it is an issue, I will find that it comes up all the time! :0)
    01-03-2012 03:14 PM
  21. Vance14's Avatar
    For those interested, they just updated the app to make the icon much nicer!
    01-03-2012 04:13 PM
  22. Vance14's Avatar
    This app is now called ICS Browser Plus, and they seemed to have solved the reloading when switching to landscape issue. These guys are moving quick.
    01-05-2012 01:03 PM
  23. davidnc's Avatar
    I will check it out later who knows they may have another update by then
    01-05-2012 01:40 PM
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