[webkit-dev] WebKit and Android

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Mon Aug 22 14:19:02 PDT 2011

Looks like this is the master bug:



On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 2:18 PM, Eric Seidel <eric at webkit.org> wrote:
> 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!
> -eric
> 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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