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Android WebView is Now Powered by Chromium

I had to start with Googling, to know what Android WebView is. So, here it is:

A View that displays web pages. This class is the basis upon which you can roll your own web browser or simply display some online content within your Activity. It uses the WebKit rendering engine to display web pages and includes methods to navigate forward and backward through a history, zoom in and out, perform text searches and more.

So, it is what Android apps use (or can use) to display web content. Now, to the news.

The Android 4.4, KitKat release contains a new WebView implementation built on Chromium open source technology.

The Chromium WebView is a complete overhaul of the Android WebViewAPI. It means that the same rendering engine and software stack that powers Chrome is available for use by app developers targeting Android 4.4 KitKat, helping power games, social networks, news and blog readers, in-app ads, and of course complete web browsers. With it comes support for the latest HTML5 and CSS features and a dramatic upgrade of V8 for top-end JavaScript performance.

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  1. Chrome for Android supports a few features which aren’t enabled in the WebView, including:
    WebGL 3D canvas
    Fullscreen API
    Form validation

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