Is there a plan in the upcoming version 1.8 to just allow simple webpage navigation?

Continuing the discussion from Interactive Signage:

There isn’t anything preventing that from happening at the moment - or rather there shouldn’t be. We aren’t actively preventing clicks in any webpages that are shown.

“at the moment” - you mean it should work in the current 1.7.4 android client also?

Yes indeed - all of them actually, windows, android, any version.

When you preview your layout (with webpage on region) in your browser, you will see that you can click on links on the page. Also, try to connect by VNC or RD on the client running Xibo Player and you will also see that you can click on the links and navigate through the page.