Cannot test external links at all - Ionic View doesn't support InAppBrowser so... how?

I’m getting increasingly confused.

I can open a link when testing with Ionic Serve but only if it’s a plain link.

This doesn’t work in Ionic View so my customers cannot see that it works. Will it work in a release? Who know?!

I also cannot use the in app browser plugin with Ionic View as it’s not supported.

What can I do? It’s things like this that make me think of going native after all. What is the point of Ionic if you can’t really test what you’re making?