Opening Web Page added to Home Screen should use Default Browser without further options

REPRODUCIBILITY (% or how often): 100%
BUILD ID = OS VERSION (Settings > About product): 4.3
HARDWARE (XA2, X10, X10 II, …): XA2
REGRESSION: (compared to previous public release: Yes, No, ?): Yes


Prior to the latest 4.3 SFOS release, if you tapped on a web link previously placed on the Home Screen app grid by the default web browser then that link would simply open in the SFOS web browser. Nice, accessible and simple.

In 4.3, the functionality appears to have changed, and you now get the ‘Open With’ dialog presented showing all sorts of apps that you can and can’t open URLs with. So even if you select the correct app an extra step has been unnecessarily added.


URL link on Home Screen app grid


  1. Tap on URL
  2. ‘Open With’ Dialog displayed


If the URL has been placed on the Home Screen app grid by the default SFOS web browser then the system should assume that that same app will be used to later open it (or at least whatever the default web browser or app has been set to open that mime type).

Functionality should return to the pre 4.3 behaviour, requiring only a single tap top open the link like any other app on the app grid requires.


An extra, unnecessary, step has been introduced with 4.3 to select an appropriate app to open a web page.


(Please ALWAYS attach relevant data such as logs, screenshots, etc…)

Isn’t this a copy / follow-up of this


As I do not experience that - having no other browser option installed.

oh, and we do not have the option to set one app as the default for browsing / …erm, nothing else (having had in mind other alternatives for mail, calendar…)


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No, I don’t think so. My bug is more about the regression in functionality in release 4.3.

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