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Android 4 has a "file:///android_asset/webkit/" bug?

Ever since we upgraded to Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), we've been experiencing a strange behavior with WebView. We noticed that on some web pages, after it has completed loading, the WebView redirects its content to a new page that says the following:

Webpage not available

The webpage at file:///android_asset/webkit/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.


  • Make sure you have a data connection
  • Reload this webpage later
  • Check the address you entered

Funny thing, we saw the web page load in the WebView component. The page didn't get redirected until it almost completed loading. The URL was correct because we saw the correct page render. We are now running on Android 4.1.2, but we've seen this behavior on Android 4.0.3 as well.

We tested the same app on Android 2.2 and the WebView content didn't get redirected to this strange webkit page. We can't put our finger on what's causing it. But all symptoms points to a bug in Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 03:30:36 +0300

Just ran into the same thing. I have a custom WebViewClient class that is set in the WebView. A simple override to shouldOverrideUrlLoading was the fix for me.

public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, String url) {
// Found a bug on some page where there is an incorrect
// auto-redirect to file:///android_asset/webkit/.
if ( !url.equals("file:///android_asset/webkit/") ) {
return true;

Sat, 09 Feb 2013 02:30:38 +0300

Thanks, Sven. That did the trick. We believe this bug occurs when WebView goes to a page that contains Adobe Flash.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:59:12 +0300

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