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Updated 10/7/2013 for Android 4
I am sure that the information below is hopelessly out-of-date. I confess, I mostly use my smartphone for making phone calls. And I am still using a Galaxy S III Mini. Intrepid users can surely figure out what to do with a modern phone.
The condensed version:
• Download Dolphin Browser, UC Browser, and File Widget.
• Do your browsing and running of apps with Dolphin.
• When you come to a page that you want to save, use the Send to Browser add-on (from the Menu button) to send it to UC Browser.
• In UC Browser, use the Save Page add-on (from the little button at the upper right, beside the address bar) to save the page. The default location is /sdcard/UCDownloads, mirrored at /storage/emulated/0/UCDownloads.
• Long-click the desktop and choose Apps and widgets, or just press the Apps desktop shortcut, and choose File Widget. Drag it to a spot on the desktop.
• Select the file that you just saved by pressing the Pick File button. The default location is the mirror at /storage/emulated/0. Open UCDownloads; the file you saved will have an .html extension.
• Enter a shortcut label. The edit icon is useful as it lets you go back and change the shortcut’s title and other display options. I like to use the Dolphin application icon.
• The shortcut will be created on your desktop. Now all you have to do is open it using Dolphin.
You can actually save html documents with Dolphin, just not the associated files such as images and css. Long-click the link to a file, then select Save link; the default location is /storage/emulated/0/download.
Dolphin Jetpack is a useful add-on for general browsing, but the link magnifier feature prevents some dynamic HTML events. It may have to be disabled to use some pages.
The browsers above are all free. xScope Browser ($2.99) has a lot of potential for being an all-in-one browser and file manager, if it would only download files like UC Browser. Otherwise, it seems fully functional.
Other applications for creating desktop shortcuts include File Shortcut, ASTRO File Manager, and ES File Explorer. They all have their own issues. File Shortcut works o.k., but has fewer options than File Widget, the main one being that shortcuts cannot be edited after they are created. Also, it cannot create a shortcut to a folder; File Widget comes with Folder Widget to do just that. Dolphin will open ASTRO shortcuts, while UC Browser won’t. And ASTRO seems to be a little outdated; it crashes now and then, such as when creating a shortcut after the file view option is changed from Grid to List. And the crash may reset all of your ASTRO shortcuts, along with their titles, to default ASTRO icons. Neither Dolphin nor UC Browser will open the shortcuts created by ES File Explorer.
A number of other applications are available for saving web pages for offline viewing. I prefer UC Browser to all of them; it is easier to use, and the downloaded files are easy to identify. Of the others, OffLine Browser by NiKoDroid70 is probably the best. All files are saved, including images, .css, and .js; they are easy to find (/storage/emulated/0/OffBrowser), although not intiutively named; and when using the app, the pages can be opened in any browser by using Share Page. Offline Browser by Theis Borg (/storage/emulated/0/websnake) simply numbers all the supporting files without extensions, so they cannot be opened by themselves; and the app only provides a choice between the inline or default browsers. Save This Page (/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.envisinex.savethispage) saves all the files o.k., but doesn’t offer download options like the others do, nor any choice of browser using the app. Web page downloader (/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/jp.gr.java_conf.appdev.app.htmldownload) saves all the files in date-stamped folders, and any browser can be used from the app by using Open downloaded page; but the interface is a little confusing. Read Web Offline (/storage/emulated/0/cacheRwo) only saves the html document and images, no other supporting files; and apparently does not save the html in Unicode format, as special charactes such as bullets are garbled. And Offline Browser by NM MOBILE crashes when saving; I haven’t been able to use it.