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Chrome for Android Is Now ‘Almost Entirely Open Source’

chromium logoChrome for Android is now ‘almost entirely open source’, Google dev has announced.

Over 100,000 lines of code, including the Chrome’s entire user interface layer, has been made public, allowing anyone with the inclination to do so to  look at, modify, and build the browser from source.

“After lots of work by Chrome for Android team and a huge change, Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open-source,” Chrome for Android Software Engineer Aurimas Liutikas announced on Reddit.

It now matches Chrome desktop and you can build a Chromium browser by building chrome_public_apk target.“

Licensing restrictions prevent certain media codecs, plugins and Google service features form being included, hence the ‘almost’. This is the case in the open-source version of Google Chrome available on the desktop.

New Mobile Browsers Ahoy

‘Expect a batch of new Chromium-based browsers to land in the Play Store over the coming months’

The open-source version of Google Chrome on the desktop, Chromium, is used as the base for a batch of popular third-party web-browsers, including web stalwart Opera and developer-minded newcomer Vivaldi.

By creating a ‘Chromium for Android’ mobile developers will now be able to build new mobile browsers and web experiences using a robust and performant source code.

Expect a batch of new Chromium-based browsers to land in the Play Store over the coming months, some offering more substantial user experience changes than others.

In the short term there’s still plenty of clean up to be done by the Chrome devs, They intend to spend the next few weeks simplifying the code just landed so that it is easier for developers to sift through, modify and build with.

Want to get started? Check out this link for more information on building Chromium on Android.

  • I’m curious to see if someone will make an extension-friendly Chromium for Android.

    • brenden gonzalez

      Google has looked into that but said they wont implement it because its a bad experience plus mobile browser plus extensions no thank you just make things way harder than they need to be.

      • zoomer296

        No ads = bad experience.

      • Luqmaan Mathee

        This is why I like Firefox for mobile, although I generally use chrome.

  • Jordana Sinclair

    I really wish there was an easy .exe for chromium. i’ve never had experience building a browser from the source up, and i don’t want to make anything bad happen though I am curious and tempted to use a sandboxed/virtual box version of linux instead of windows to try it.

    • Your wish…

      Though, caveat time, unlike Linux, where one has ‘stable builds’ of Chromium, these are ‘nightly’ builds that do not have ‘auto-update’ functionality built in. You’ll need to re-download and re-install when you want to update (but this shouldn’t affect any saved data/accounts).

      Someone built a hand auto-updater for Mac OS X but I can’t find anything similar for Windows.

      • Jordana Sinclair

        Oh, that is cool! I guess a Google Search would have lead me to it eventually.

  • where can i get the sweet image from the main page in full hd I ddi a google image search but couldn’t find it it is really cool.

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