With Android 4.4 KitKat, WebView is now handled by Chrome

Android KitKat

For those of you who don’t know, Android WebView is the feature that opening web content within an application. This feature can be a bit faulty, though. This is why Android 4.4 KitKat brings a huge improvement by powering WebView with Chromium. The new Chromium-based WebView will improve the experience by supporting many of the features you can find on the Chrome browser.

I don’t know about you, but I am glad to see this coming. I have found WebView to be pretty faulty as it is. I often find that pages load much slower in WebView compared to the Chrome browser. If they load at all, that is.

This is one of those improvements that will be much more exciting for developers at first, but users will be able to benefit by the Chromium-based WebView indirectly. After all, that is what it’s all about. We should get current features right and smooth before we focus on the larger, experimental goodies.

[Google Chrome Developers]

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  • ChristianMcC

    Definitely great news, as it can be frustrating opening things in the eBay app at times.

  • gtg465x

    Yay! Laggy browser is everywhere now! Thanks a bunch Google!

  • Brian Menius

    I just want the ability to force all pages to render as desktop format without having to manually select it from the menu with each new website.

    • Spazturtle

      Change the user-agent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madmikeX3 Michael Parks

    I HATE chrome. I can never scroll left and right with out it wanting to switch tabs.

    • http://www.colossaldamage.com/ SuperMarino

      I have the opposite problem, I swipe left or right to change tabs and just scroll to the sides instead. :(

    • http://paul.kinlan.me/ Paul Kinlan

      That feature was removed a couple of months ago.

  • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    If it lets me choose a default, I’d just as soon keep my non-Chrome browser, TYVM.