Problems with android inline browser

  • horizontal scrolling is not smooth
  • no back/forward button, no way to go back to the story (useful for feeds that aggregate links)
  • screwed up layout for a lot of sites (not sure if it’s requesting desktop layout or some other problem)
  • didn’t find an option to disable the inline browser

app version: 4.3.0b3
android version: 5.1.1
device: LGE Nexus 4 (MAKO)
username: besen
memory: normal
speed: 82 feeds in  conn:1693 read:210 parse:119 store:173
premium: yes
prefetch: no
keepread: no

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This is a known issue that was triggered by the most recent update to the Android WebView. See

It will be fixed in the next beta release.

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The faster this behavior can be fixed, the better. It makes the app nigh unusable for at least one common case (reading HN), *and* it’s easy to assume that it’s an intentional, if terrible, change (I trawled through every setting I could find looking for a way to turn it off).

I’m going to release the update later today.


FWIW, it looks like the chromium team has admitted it is a bug that should be fixed:

However, as Sam said below, we have added some code to the NewsBlur app to make sure things behave correctly even *before* the chromium team fixes the regression.