Chromium web browser gets files that support a build for Android

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.

Source: Chromium via Conceivably Tech

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Question: What benefit(s) does the full version of Chrome on Android have? Reason I ask is because I seem to be able to browse the web just fine with the current Android Browser. What am I missing??? Plug-ins seem like the obvious answer but seriously on a phone?.. I really don't miss them. Anything else????
  • On phone not much if any. On tablets it'll b just like using on laptop with out restrictions. Ie sights not blocking because of mobile signature.
  • More robust tabbed browsing and the ability to sync my bookmarks with Google Chrome on my computer would be welcome.
  • Tabbed browsing similar to Safari, over the current HTC browser. Pretty much think of having the Dolphin browser as your native browser, that's basically what we're talking for an Android device.
  • This would actually be really nice. EVERY single browser for android has issues. I'm getting really sick of trying to do simple things like navigate just to have the browser crash and close itself. Yes this happens with "browser", firefox and dolphin HD on both gingerbread and honeycomb. You'd think they'd be able to get it right by now (sometimes I think it's flash, but it happens in firefox too, which doesn't even support flash).
  • I'm willing to bet it works just fine for most people (including me). Something is wrong with your phone (and/or an app).
  • The benefits of having a full Chromium on Android would be very much appreciated. Having full Google/Chrome Apps access would just be stellar. For phones with an HDMI output, and you have a bluetooth keyboard/mouse nearby, with the assistance of Chrome apps you now nearly have a very functional desktop in your phone thanks to Google.
  • What I would do for Chrome on Android. I swear I'd never leave my phone. I doubt this will be ready in time for ICS though.
  • I'd put money on there being an advanced beta being tested as we speak.
  • Having full browser on tablet is win. Having full browser on phone is fail. The two need to b separated.
  • I see this as an opportunity to really improve the browser on Android. instead of a face lift and new features to the current one put Chrome on the phone and market it. :)
  • I'm interested! The browser market could use a shake up.
  • Hey Jerry, didn't they say that Chrome OS and Android are different things as well as Chrome Browser and the Android Browser? Not necessarily Android and Chrome. And I know they said they'd keep Chrome OS and Android separate, but I thought I remembered a mention of a possibility of the Chrome browser on Android at one of the IO talks/Q&A. Also, Chrome(ium) on a H-comb tablet would be sweet, sweet awesomeness.
  • I can't help but wonder if there isn't some tie-in with the purchase of Motorola Mobility here. With the Atrix and Bionic, you can get the laptop dock and run a "full" version of Firefox. It seems like someone at Google would want to promote shifting to the use of Google's own browser for any future updates and/or releases from Moto Mobi that support the laptop dock/media dock and full browser concept. Of course, this theory is based on the idea that if they start support for Android with Chromium, that they will do so for Chrome as well. Google's purchase of Moto Mobi was after I/O, so plans may well have changed.
  • My Ice Cream and Sandwich are melting together!!!!!!!!!!