Tuesday , March 20 2018

Google open-sources Chrome for iOS


In a move that will please developers of web browsers for iOS, Google has decided to open source its Chrome for iOS browser, uploading the code to the open-source Chromium repository.

For those who aren’t aware, Chromium is basically the open-source version of the popular Chrome browser, and new features often find their way into Chromium before they show up in Chrome. Due to its open-source nature, many other browser makers use the Chromium software as a base, including Opera which made the move in 2013.


Of the move to open-source Chromium for iOS, Google’s developers said:

Given Chrome’s commitment to open-source code, we’ve spent a lot of time over the past several years making the changes required to upstream the code for Chrome for iOS into Chromium. Today, that upstreaming is complete, and developers can compile the iOS version of Chromium like they can for other versions of Chromium. Development speed is also faster now that all of the tests for Chrome for iOS are available to the entire Chromium community and automatically run any time that code is checked in.

Developers interested in building an iOS browser now have a new starting point. This announcement means you can expect to see improved, as well as completely new, iOS browsers from third-party developers.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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