One of the pillars of Android is its Intent message-passing feature, a mechanism that allows applications to make use of each other.
From a user's perspective, it means that it is possible to set a default application for an activity, such as opening a web page, and have the ability to change to an alternative application whenever they so wish.
This is why there are so many browser alternatives available for the platform.
For some time, I've been using an Android device for daily use on both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich versions — and have been on the hunt for the perfect browser, or at least a good enough browser. Below is the list of browsers that have crossed my path in that search.
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