Browser is a bit too agressive with opening stuff

asked 2014-01-25 18:37:29 +0300

Bulder gravatar image

updated 2014-10-19 01:50:14 +0300

lpr gravatar image

The default Sailfish browser occasionally can open links opened in Android apps, for instance, the Feedly app can open links in the default browser, and this is all fine and good, but it also forcibly opens links such as Google Drive documents instead of letting the Android system decide. This also affects any other apps that send information between their own parts as urls. Best example would probably be trying to open a Google Drive document in Firefox, clicking on the Android robot button that is supposed to list apps that can handle the site url, and seeing it doesn't show the selector, but instead opens the page in the Sailfish browser. Perhaps have a setting to make it more passive and try and open the links only if Android doesnt have any options, or to the more extreme end, have there be a dummy app in the Android end that moves the url to the Sailfish side.

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Google Play Books is also unusable because of this(?) browser issue. Trying to open a book for reading instead launches the Sailfish browser.

sremes ( 2014-01-30 16:45:53 +0300 )edit

I think what we're seeing is a missing feature; Android apps can register to handle certain URLs. alien-dalvik either doesn't support that, or doesn't respect it when an app tries to open a link.

(Installed the Android Google Docs client and now quite disappointed that it's entirely useless :-P)

lalomartins ( 2014-06-24 20:35:49 +0300 )edit

After today's update, at least the Google Docs client works for editing text files as far as I tested!

Bulder ( 2014-07-15 00:16:32 +0300 )edit

I think this might have been implemented, maybe even across qt/dalvik boundaries. I was pleasantly surprised to notice, when I clicked a FB notification on the notifications screen, it opened the official FB app. (That in turn triggered a bug with the new alien-dalvik app window separation, but that's a separate issue and that stuff is marked experimental anyway…)

lalomartins ( 2014-07-15 00:25:22 +0300 )edit

this behaviour breaks Öffi (great app for public transportation - sometimes also written oeffi) completely. When searching a connection sailfish-browser opens displaying a weird xml-syntax-page but not the result you searched in the android-app. This is an very important app which shouln't be broken! still there in

lpr ( 2014-10-19 01:30:51 +0300 )edit