Google makes Chrome open-source for iOS

Google logoWhen it comes to mobile browsers, there are several that you can choose from, although for the most part many users are content with the default browsers on their phones, such as Safari for iOS and Chrome for Android. However it is possible that the mobile browser market is about to become a lot bigger and varied.

This is thanks to Google announcing that they will be making Chrome for iOS open-source. If you’re thinking that this is more developer-centric, we guess you would be right, but at the same time what this means for end users like us is that with Chrome for iOS going open-source, more developers will be able to take advantage of it and build their own browsers off of Google’s code.

Google makes Chrome open-source for iOS

According to Google, “Given Chrome’s commitment to open-source code, we’ve spent a lot of time over the past several years making the changes required to upstream the code for Chrome for iOS into Chromium. Today, that upstreaming is complete, and developers can compile the iOS version of Chromium like they can for other versions of Chromium. Development speed is also faster now that all of the tests for Chrome for iOS are available to the entire Chromium community and automatically run any time that code is checked in.”

Like we said this could result in more browsers for users to choose from in the future, some of which might even be an improvement over Chrome itself, so it’s definitely something worth looking forward to in the future. In the meantime developers who are interested can find the files at Google’s open-source repository.


Source: Ubergizmo

Tags: browsers, Chrome, Google

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