Add Extra Quick Controls and Load Desktop Sites Without Root Thanks to Browser Plus



One of the cool things about Ice Cream Sandwich is the fact that you can maximize your screen real estate while browsing the internet and still have functionality thanks to the quick controls. A quick check of the feature in the labs tab under settings and you are good to go. However if you are using it, what you see is what you get. You still have a browser that loads mobile sites with controls that cannot be customized. Don’t get me wrong I still think that the browser found in Android 4.0 is one heck of an upgrade versus any previous iteration but for me, not being able to customize the controls or load desktop versions of web sites goes against what Android is about. That is, being open, easily customizable, and amazingly quick.

Browser Plus looks to do just that while taking ICS’ browser to that next level, giving you both the ability to add extra settings in the quick controls and to render desktop web pages without having to root your device. You can change the browser User Agent String under settings in the advanced tab to do that. As far as I know this works on Android 4.0.1 and above with more devices running Ice Cream Sandwich slated to be compatible down the road; like the Nexus S. So for those of you wanting a little bit more customizability for your browsers can hit the break below to check out the market link or QR code, enjoy!

Update – Turns out you can load desktop versions of web sites in the stock browser which means I missed it when I was going through the browser settings. Thanks to Ahmed Khusaam and Zorfling for their responses.

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[via Droid Life]




About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is a tech enthusiast who is surviving small-town Wyoming. He's a newspaper editor by trade and a blogger for fun. His phone of choice is the Galaxy Note 4 and when he's not tinkering on that, he can be found researching new tech and wondering if his wallet can sustain a new tech purchase. When he's not in front of a computer, he's out in the mountains with his dog exploring the wilderness.

  • Zorfling

    You know the stock ICS browser allows you to render the desktop site already? Just tick request desktop site in the menu and you’re there.

    But I hadn’t seen the quick controls so thanks!

  • Ahmed Khusaam

    The stock browser in ICS allows you to view the Desktop site, its in the menu! :)

  • Jack Holt

    Well holy crap so it does. I guess I skipped right past that in the menu. Thanks you guys. 

    • Ianmccully

      glad you found it , and if you want to know anything in the future just use google plus and they will keep you right as most of the google employees now have a samsung galaxy nexus thanks ian