Chromium, the open-source version of Google's Chrome web browser, got an interesting bit of code checked in a few days ago -- files and scripts that support a build for Android. While normally we wouldn't get too excited seeing an upstream check-in about Android in an open-source project, this time the submission is from a Google employee. Google took extra time to let everyone at Google I/O 2011 know that Android and Chrome were two separate entities, and everyone got the impression that the two would never meet. We sure did, and discussed it ourselves over a beer or two.
Of course, things change -- maybe Google has decided that a merger of the Android browser code and the Chrome browser code would benefit everyone, and the open-source version would be the best place to do it. Or maybe these are just files for the DIY'ers out there to build their own version of Chromium for Android. Either way, the full Chrome browser on my Galaxy Tab is something I've been wanting. Maybe, just maybe, this is the first step.