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Open the native browser from an android app

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I have an android phone with multiple browsers installed and I might or might not set a browser to default.

So, my question is..

  1. From my App, How do I force open a link only in the NATIVE android browser?
  2. Is there a way I can know if there is a browser set to default or not?
How to&Answers:

From my App, How do I force open a link only in the NATIVE android
browser?

Intent intent = new Intent();
ComponentName comp = new ComponentName("com.google.android.browser","com.google.android.browser.BrowserActivity");
intent.setComponent(comp);
intent.setAction("android.intent.action.VIEW");
intent.addCategory("android.intent.category.BROWSABLE");
Uri uri = Uri.parse(url);
intent.setData(uri);
try
{
    startActivity(intent);
 }
 catch (Exception e)
 {
   e.printStackTrace();
 } 

Is there a way I can know if there is a browser set to default or not?

PackageManager packageManager = getPackageManager();

Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
intent.setData(Uri.parse("URL"));

List<ResolveInfo> list = packageManager.queryIntentActivities(intent, 0);

if (list.size() > 0) {
    for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : list) {
       resolveInfo.isDefault();// will let u know if the app is set to default
    }

} else {
    //No apps available
}

Answer:

You have to make the following for calling the native browser

  intent.setComponent(new    
  componentName("com.android.browser","com.android.browser.BrowserActivity"));

Answer:

try something like this.

try {
      Intent i = new Intent();
      ComponentName comp = new ComponentName("com.google.android.browser","com.google.android.browser.BrowserActivity");
      i.setComponent(comp);
      i.setAction("android.intent.action.VIEW");
      i.addCategory("android.intent.category.BROWSABLE");
      ContentURI uri = new ContentURI(url);
      i.setData(uri);
      startActivityForResult(i, 2);
      } catch (URISyntaxException e) {
                       e.printStackTrace();
      } 

for your second question you can use PackageManager.

get instance of PackageManager

PackageManager packageManager = getPackageManager(); 

and query it for specific action, data and category of Intent.

Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
intent.setData(Uri.parse("URL"));

List<ResolveInfo> list = packageManager.queryIntentActivities(intent, 0);

    for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : list) {

       if(resolveInfo.isDefault())
        {
        //default browser
         }
    }

Answer:

Finally figured it out.
resolveActivity works with MATCH_DEFAULT_ONLY flag on PackageManager instance..

Answer:

it might occur ActivityNotFoundException while the package name is different by manufacturer.
Please refer to this answer, wish it would help.

https://stackoverflow.com/a/14723703/1083128

Answer:

Check this code:

private final static List<ComponentName> browserComponents  = new ArrayList<ComponentName>() {{
    add(new ComponentName("com.google.android.browser", "com.google.android.browser.BrowserActivity"));
    add(new ComponentName("com.android.browser", "com.android.browser.BrowserActivity"));
    add(new ComponentName("com.android.chrome", "com.google.android.apps.chrome.IntentDispatcher"));
}};

public static void openInNativeBrowser(Context context, String url) {
    if (context == null || TextUtils.isEmpty(url)) {
        return;
    }

    PackageManager pm = context.getPackageManager();
    Intent intent = new Intent();
    intent.setAction(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
    intent.addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_BROWSABLE);
    intent.setData(Uri.parse(url));

    for (ComponentName cn : browserComponents) {
        intent.setComponent(cn);
        ActivityInfo ai = intent.resolveActivityInfo(pm, 0);
        if (ai != null) {
            aLog.w(TAG, "browser:  " + ai);
            context.startActivity(intent);
            return;
        } else {
            aLog.w(TAG, "can't resolve activity for " + intent);
        }
    }

    // no native browser
    intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
    intent.setData(Uri.parse(url));
    List<ResolveInfo> list = pm.queryIntentActivities(intent, 0);
    if (list.size() > 0) {
        for (ResolveInfo ri : list) {
            aLog.w(TAG, ri + " : " + ri.isDefault);
        }
        context.startActivity(intent);
    } else {
        aLog.w(TAG, "no browser apps");
    }
}