You can now build an open source browser based on Chrome for Android code

You can now build an open source browser based on Chrome for Android code
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If you were itching to build an open source browser for Android, you can now do it using a practically all the code from Chrome for Android.

As Venture Beat spotted, Google has uploaded the bulk of the remaining code into the open source Chromium repository.

The open-source browser shares a lot of the same code as Google Chrome and often serves as the proving ground for new and experimental services.

Chromium was pretty much a desktop-only deal until now, but the Chrome for Android team tipped their hand in a Reddit AMA last week, promising an open source version “soon!”

And it turns out “soon” is today. A Chrome for Android engineer announced that “Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open-source” in another Reddit post.

The almost part means that any Chromium Android browser you compile using the code can’t include a handful of media codecs and proprietary Google features. You can dig into more details here.

Chromium Code Review [via Venture Beat]

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