Possible "Chrome mobile" browser + Android = easy mobile web apps

September 3, 2008

Possible Chrome mobile browser  Android  easy mobile web apps Google’s Chrome browser is already making waves for PCs, but where it should really shine is when it’s coupled with Android to provide a new realm of mobile browsing.  The fundamental technologies showcased in Chrome will make Android’s browser that much more unique, and open up a new world of mobile web-based applications.

“Probably a subsequent version of Android is going to pick up a lot of the Chrome stack,” Sergey Brin told CNet news in a recent interview, pointing to JavaScript improvements as one area, along with streamlined web-application support as another.  Chrome and Android were developed separately, but bringing them to market this close together obviously means the two were meant for each other.  “We have not wanted to bind one’s hands to the other’s,” Brin said.

Both Chrome and Android’s current browser both already employ Apple’s WebKit, an open-source project for the process of interpreting the HTML code that makes up a Web page and rendering it on a screen.  It’s part of the technology used in the Safari browser for the iPhone which renders mobile-based web-pages in its full form.  Google’s version will most likely even go above and beyond this.

From the second I heard of the imminent release of Chrome, I recognized the obvious correlation between it and Android.  With Android, mobile-based web apps are going to be a very important part of the experience, and by using the WebKit, javascript, and other base-technologies showcased in Chrome, it should accomplish it quite nicely.  Beyond GMail, Docs, and the other normal Google Apps, a bevy of new options will inevitably come along once the platform is off and rolling.  With the Android Marketplace providing a distribution channel much like Apple’s App Store, developers will rely on the mobile Chrome’s ability to go above and beyond what normal mobile browsers can do.

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3 Responses to “Possible "Chrome mobile" browser + Android = easy mobile web apps”

  1. Dave Jeyes:

    There’s also a good chance of them including Gears driven functionality for location-based web apps!

  2. huh:

    This story doesn’t make sense.

    Android already has a browser, as pointed out later in this article. And that browser is in fact “Chrome”, as it’s using the exact same engine – WebKit.

    What technologies in Chrome will make the Android browser more unique? Even Mozilla has caught up with the V8 engine by now, and Firefox 3.1 will be faster than Chrome.

    This story is a non-story. “Chrome” is already on Android in the form of WebKit. It might not be called “Chrome”, but that’s a different story.

    That they’ll share code between the two browser project is a completely different story.

    Chrome is irrelevant to the mobile market, except for the name being used for the existing Android browser, which is the same browser as Chrome in practice.

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