GApps Sandboxed Browser

GApps Sandboxed Browser


GApps Browser is a sandboxed browser for Google sites. What this means is that you can browse Google mobile websites securely within the app, but any external links will open in your default browser or other app. It is not much more than an embedded browser (please don't rate this app badly because of this), but it has many uses.

The main use for GApps Browser is that you can stay logged out of Google on your main browser (for privacy and security - it is recommended that you disable cookies and flash local storage). This way, you cannot easily be tracked by Google or have your Google session hijacked when on public Wifi. GApps Browser automatically uses HTTPS for all requests to Google.

GApps Browser is a great way to access your Google data and services on someone else's device (when borrowed, for example). Also, if you value your privacy and want to avoid leaking location, phone book, photos, and other data on your Android device to surveillance systems like PRISM, XKeyscore, Tempora, etc., then you can install CyanogenMod or other AOSP-based ROM on your device *without* GApps, and instead use this app to access Google's services in a sandboxed and controllable way (your Google data is already compromised by PRISM).

Lastly, Google's web apps are well-written - with this app you can start to question the gap between HTML5 apps and native apps. Google's web apps are mobile-enabled, load fast, have rich functionality, and generally use less bandwidth than native apps. Give it a try!

Features:
- Works like Mozilla Prism on the desktop. This is a mostly chrome-less browser that gets out of your way.
- Completely full-screen browsing (if you enable it in the settings)
- Securely browse Google sites (uses HTTPS)
- Blocks 3rd party requests (images/scripts/iframes outside of Google's domains)
- Blocks requests to non-HTTPS URLs to maintain security
- User agent setting allows more rich mobile experience
- External links open in your default browser (recommend turning off cookies and plugins on that browser)
- Long-press links to choose how to open them
- Uses much less bandwidth than native apps (like Google+ app). No background sync'ing.
- Google's sites scale beautifully to most screen sizes, and are fast (usually faster than apps).
- Features local data storage and caching for reduced bandwidth usage and better speed.

GApps Browser (previously called GoogleApps) is open source. Visit the app's website for more information and source code. Also in available is WebApps sandboxed browser that will allow other sites like Facebook and Twitter to be run in a sandbox - get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tobykurien.webapps

Sites enabled: Google Plus, News, Groups, Ingress Intel, GMail, Calendar, Tasks, Drive, Maps, Search. Other Google sites (e.g. Android developer Console) are also accessible via the links within the apps or via Search.

Recent changes:
v1.15:
- Fixes app loosing state when switching back from another app

v1.14:
- Fixed Google Maps by enabling googleapis.com domain
- Changed app icon to a flat icon
- Added YouTube
- Added ability to select which sites to show in the actionbar dropdown list
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Free
82
4.1
User ratings
245
Installs
10,000+
Concerns
0
File size
56 kb
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About GApps Sandboxed Browser
GApps Browser is a sandboxed browser for Google sites. What this means is that you can browse Google mobile websites securely within the app, but any external links will open in your default browser or other app. It is not much more than an embedded browser (please don't rate this app badly because of this), but it has many uses.

The main use for GApps Browser is that you can stay logged out of Google on your main browser (for privacy and security - it is recommended that you disable cookies and flash local storage). This way, you cannot easily be tracked by Google or have your Google session hijacked when on public Wifi. GApps Browser automatically uses HTTPS for all requests to Google.

GApps Browser is a great way to access your Google data and services on someone else's device (when borrowed, for example). Also, if you value your privacy and want to avoid leaking location, phone book, photos, and other data on your Android device to surveillance systems like PRISM, XKeyscore, Tempora, etc., then you can install CyanogenMod or other AOSP-based ROM on your device *without* GApps, and instead use this app to access Google's services in a sandboxed and controllable way (your Google data is already compromised by PRISM).

Lastly, Google's web apps are well-written - with this app you can start to question the gap between HTML5 apps and native apps. Google's web apps are mobile-enabled, load fast, have rich functionality, and generally use less bandwidth than native apps. Give it a try!

Features:
- Works like Mozilla Prism on the desktop. This is a mostly chrome-less browser that gets out of your way.
- Completely full-screen browsing (if you enable it in the settings)
- Securely browse Google sites (uses HTTPS)
- Blocks 3rd party requests (images/scripts/iframes outside of Google's domains)
- Blocks requests to non-HTTPS URLs to maintain security
- User agent setting allows more rich mobile experience
- External links open in your default browser (recommend turning off cookies and plugins on that browser)
- Long-press links to choose how to open them
- Uses much less bandwidth than native apps (like Google+ app). No background sync'ing.
- Google's sites scale beautifully to most screen sizes, and are fast (usually faster than apps).
- Features local data storage and caching for reduced bandwidth usage and better speed.

GApps Browser (previously called GoogleApps) is open source. Visit the app's website for more information and source code. Also in available is WebApps sandboxed browser that will allow other sites like Facebook and Twitter to be run in a sandbox - get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tobykurien.webapps

Sites enabled: Google Plus, News, Groups, Ingress Intel, GMail, Calendar, Tasks, Drive, Maps, Search. Other Google sites (e.g. Android developer Console) are also accessible via the links within the apps or via Search.

Recent changes:
v1.15:
- Fixes app loosing state when switching back from another app

v1.14:
- Fixed Google Maps by enabling googleapis.com domain
- Changed app icon to a flat icon
- Added YouTube
- Added ability to select which sites to show in the actionbar dropdown list

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A Google User
Jun 12, 2015
Works Works as expected, keep up the good work. The YouTube site won't work for video playback,it did previously.
A Google User
May 5, 2015
Mera googal chalda nhi pea help chahiye??
A Google User
Mar 16, 2015
No speed gain for Ingress Intel map I tried this because of Ingress Intel map...but it loads as painfully slow as on any other browser...uninstalled.
A Google User
Mar 14, 2015
Works Works as expected, keep up the good work.
A Google User
Feb 4, 2015
Fixed broken Ingress intel!!! Nothing working to bring back my failing Intel on ALL PLATFORMS until I found this GEM of a program! Logged into Intel with the SAME LOGIN and now it works AND runs faster and more smoothly than it does in Chrome on Android and it hasn't accidentally zoomed in to sidewalk level ONCE. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I would recommend this program to ANYONE using Ingress Intel just because of the superior performance. It does jump a bit, but recovers every time and loads 2-3X as quickly without hanging. A+
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