Replacing an original WebKit-based WebView with modern Chromium, the big change has been made by Android 4.4 in the OS’ internals for HTML5 development.

Chromium powered this latest android browser and added some exciting features of HTML5 and CSS.



Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system has created a big and amazing change to the WebView component, i.e. now, Chromium Powered KitKat’s WebView that allows android app developers to make use of latest HTML5 and CSS features. According to the Google, it is a “complete overhaul” of the Android WebView API that invites rendering engine and software stack, powering Chrome to target Android 4.4 KitKat.

Google’s V8 engine is added in Chromium that gives a great support to the latest HTML5 and CSS features and JavaScript performance improvements. The new WebView will be transited automatically by apps using WebView. Users shouldn’t require any intervention. Now, Android developers can easily built applications of different categories including news, social networks, and games by leveraging many features that found in the Chromium (and Chrome) desktop browser. Even, they can also make advantage of Chrome DevTools.

People, who don’t know Chromium, let me share. It is an open source Web browser project, sharing quite similar codes like Google Chrome while WebView is used for embedding a web page in an app. Users, who ever seen Android application that basically a website fascinated in some additional codes or an app that opens up Web content itself, it’s an Android’s WebView working. We can find old stock Android WebKit browser in the previous version of Android that Google has largely stopped updating in Chrome’s favor. The stock browser with Chrome is replaced by Google in Android Jelly Bean and now, it’s doing same thing in Kitkat for the WebView side.

There are many different types of application created for iOS and Apple by using native programming interfaces of operating system. Those programmers, who require supporting many devices, can require programming with Web standards to take advantage of cross-platform capability. A built-in browser engine is added in the operating system that allows programmers rely on Web standards for many different tasks, including buttons on the screen, arranging text fields and so on. Putting this approach to your application, you can simple reach to many other mobile OSes like Firefox OS, Windows Phone, Ubuntu Touch, Tizen, etc. through apps’ browsers.

Moving towards Chromium 30, it is the web engine the WebView native widget that brings numerous advantages for users and android app developers like:

  • Better performance
  • Support for remote debugging
  • Support for new HTML5 features

The Chrome team is looking forward to do great job by allowing the mobile web, however sometimes, HTML5 penetration is slow down by the Android ecosystem and help to promote companies by staying them away from web technologies.


Jason Stewart!! From past five years, I am working in the Google android development company as a content developer. Android Development Experts is a professional android app development firm that serves complete android solutions to worldwide people.

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