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If you point to a web page that pushes a PDF, it opens in iOS but not in Android
public class WebViewPage : ContentPage
public WebViewPage(string url)
WebView webView = new WebView
Source = new UrlWebViewSource
Url = some pdf url here,
VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand ,
HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.FillAndExpand,
Content = webView;
I have checked this issue with the help of bug description and getting same behavior. I observed that web page that pushes a PDF does not open in Android and blank white screen displays. However in iOS it is working fine.
Android device log: https://gist.github.com/AkhileshKumar01/f1a754ff19a83e9eacb3
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013
Version 12.0.30723.00 Update 3
Microsoft .NET Framework
Installed Version: Professional
Xamarin 126.96.36.199 (10cfd178d55287f09c85f5a1e604dfe20889a40f)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin.Android 188.8.131.52 (ba9bbbdd44cfdc4bf485e8885bd2ad24fba525f7)
Visual Studio plugin to enable development for Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin.iOS 184.108.40.206 (840a925103a0bf4a856507f13d5eaee3c1579c2f)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS.
Xamarin.iOS Unified Migration 1.0
Automated migration for Xamarin iOS Classic projects to Unified
After investigating this, it seems that a few of the OS's (Android, WP8 Silverlight, WinRT) do not support PDF links in their web views natively. In order to work around this, I have seen people using Google Docs embedded PDF view to address this issue. If you preface your PDF links with with "http://docs.google.com/gview?embedded=true&url=", you should be able to use to render your pdfs in a cross platform way.
Thanks and hope this helps.