[webkit-dev] WebKit and Android

Eric Seidel eric at webkit.org
Mon Aug 22 14:18:24 PDT 2011

Exciting times!

Is there a Master bug that those of us interested in following along
at home can CC ourselves on?

Looking forward to seeing a real Android port in WebKit!


On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM, Andrei Popescu <andreip at google.com> wrote:
> Hello WebKit!
> We would like to give an update about WebKit on Android. A while ago,
> we started the effort to upstream the Android port of WebKit. For a
> variety of reasons, this work took longer than anticipated and was
> never finished. We realize that the incomplete Android port that
> exists today in WebKit ToT has caused quite a bit of confusion and
> inconvenience to the project as a whole and we are very sorry for
> that.
> Over time, the Android Browser has come to share more and more code
> with Chrome (both WebKit and Chromium). This approach has a number of
> advantages for the WebKit community:
> 1. Android WebKit no longer requires a separate build system because
> we are able to reuse Chromium’s gyp system for building.
> 2. Android no longer requires a separate set of WebCore clients,
> platform abstractions, and embedder APIs because Android shares much
> of this code with the Chromium port.
> 3. The Android layout tests results more closely match chromium-linux
> and more expected results can be shared.
> We plan to start by setting up a webkit.org build bot that will
> compile Chromium’s DRT for Android using the Android NDK, SDK and
> toolchain. We anticipate a reasonably small set of changes to the
> Chromium port to achieve this. We’re fully committed to maintaining
> this new flavor of the Chromium port of WebKit and having a build bot
> up and running as soon as possible will make this an easier task. At
> the same time, we will be removing the existing incomplete Android
> port. This includes the Android-specific code in
> WebCore/platform/android, as well as any code guarded by the
> We’re looking forward to a much better collaboration with the WebKit
> community and we’d be very grateful to receive any feedback on this
> plan.
> Thanks,
> Andrei, Steve, Ben
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