[Video] CyanogenMod’s New Gello Browser Seems to be a Worthy Chrome Alternative
The CyanogenMod team is working on its web browser that is based on the open source Chromium code for Android. The new browser is called Gello, which has just gotten teased a little today.
The developer Joey Rizzoli posted a short demo video on Google+ today, showing a few customizations they intend to add to Gello.
The various screenshots included in the brief teaser video give us hint on a few features including night mode and immersive mode options, granular privacy controls and security settings (with a possible ad blocker), an advanced download manager and the option to save pages for offline reading.
Rizzoli later published a rather extensive 5-minute video demonstration, in which he shared some more details about an early version of the upcoming browser. Gello will be open source, as the sneak peak unveils, however it won’t support older and less powerful devices with a small system partition.
In his post, Rizzoli also addressed some of the most cynical responses that arised after Cyanogen’s Kirt McMaster talked about the company’s plans to step away from Google’s Android. Rizzoli recognizes that he and the CM team don’t hate Google, nor they want you to remove Chrome from your devices altogether.
“You’ll always be free to choose to install your GApps package alongside with CyanogenMod and repace [sic] all the CyanogenMod apps you don’t like/use with Google’s,” he said. “Me and all the CM team uses Google Apps and Services every day. We aren’t “putting a bullet into Google’s head”. We’re just creating an operative system (or ROM or Firmware, whatever you call it).”
The CM team is currently actively developing the new browser, and they will most likely make it available in future CyanogenMod iterations. But there is no information about when we’ll see it hitting the Google Play store. Rizzoli has, however, promised that the team will reveal more about the Gello browser soon.