For the More Curious: WebView Updates

WebView is based on the Chromium open-source project. It shares the same rendering engine used by the Chrome for Android app, meaning pages should look and behave consistently across the two. (However, WebView does not have all the features Chrome for Android does. You can see a table comparing them at​multidevice/​webview/​overview.)

Being based on Chromium means that WebView stays up to date on web standards and JavaScript. From a development perspective, one of the most exciting features is the support for remote debugging of WebView using Chrome DevTools (which can be enabled by calling WebView.setWebContentsDebuggingEnabled()).

As of Lollipop (Android 5.0), the Chromium ...

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