One of Android’s oldest curios is that its internet browser shares much of the same code as Google’s popular Chrome browser yet the two remain separate entities. ‘Browser’ and Chrome are based on the open-source browser engine WebKit but Google is now trying to bond the projects in a move which is likely to see Chrome finally arrive on Android.
“Over time, the Android Browser has come to share more and more code with Chrome (both WebKit and Chromium),” wrote Google’s Andrei Popescu on Tuesday in a mailing list message highlighted by Chrome developer Peter Beverloo.
To achieve this Google’s Android team are planning to create another, modified build of the Android browser which will be fully open source. Android-specific code will be removed, allowing anyone to use the code to build a new mobile WebKit-based browser.
Still with us? Basically, Chrome and ‘Browser’ are to have even more in common extremely soon, which can only be a less confusing thing. Especially since it neatly paves the way for a smartphone and tablet version of Chrome.
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