New Snapdragon-optimized Chromium browser Arrives
Code Aurora Forum, also known as CAF, is a portal run by the Linux Foundation, and is where Qualcomm publishes all its reference resources for their various platforms. Over time, the CAF began to introduce custom optimizations dedicated to Snapdragon devices. The latest work carried out by a group of developers at the CAF is particularly interesting.
It involves a custom version of the Chromium browser that is designed to work best with the Snapdragon processors, offering easier navigation with better response times and smoother browsing experience. Besides optimizing related to browsing, developers have introduced some exclusive features in the new version of Chromium such as:
- Night Mode
- In-built ad-blocker
- Power Saving mode that limits the number of processor cores and throttles core speeds to reduce power draw
- Revamped download page with the ability to select which directory to save each file
- Side-swiping ability to allow you to move forward/back depending on which edge you swipe from (right/left respectively)
For now, you can build an APK out of the source code that may be found on the official project page, although it is not recommended because the code is based on version 42 of Chromium, and is thus outdated. However, it seems that the latest stable version of Chromium, v46, has recently been merged into the project source, so you should expect the support to come soon.