A few days ago I was stating that Canonical did not drop the ideea to replace Mozilla Firefox with Google Chromium, as the default web browser on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander. This seems to be Canonical’s final decision.
The Canonical team is developing Web Browser App , its own web browser for Ubuntu Touch, based on Google’s Chromium (Webkit). Web Browser App will be available in the default repositories on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, so that the Saucy users can test it and use it on their desktop computers.
Web Browser App is not stable yet, but it will be, until October, when Ubuntu Touch will be released. It seems that the address bar will be located on the botton of the screen, allowing the users to access the opened tabs easily. It will also have a + sign, like Mozilla Firefox has, for opening new tabs, which will display thumbnails of the most visited sites, in order to help the users navigate their most frequent web addresses.
Another interesting thing is that the users will be able to create desktop launchers of the opened tabs. Aiming the touch screen devices, it is very good to access the favourite sites by double clicking some desktop icons.
To install Web Browser App on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, just do:
$ sudo apt-get install webbrowser-app