Google has just made the codebase for its Chrome for Android browser openly available to other developers, bringing it closer to its desktop counterpart.
A Google engineer working on Chrome for Android posted on the Android subreddit that the mobile browser was almost entirely open source, with bulk code available in the Chromium repository.
The use of the word ‘almost’ here means that Google will still have control over a few features, ideally the ones that allow communication with a user’s Google accounts.
By making Chrome for Android open source, developers can now build their own mobile browsers with different features on top of the solid Chromium codebase.
On the desktop, browsers such as Opera and Vivaldi are already built upon Chrome, and the latest move should spawn something similar in the mobile browser space.