Google Ditching WebKit Over “Blink” For Chrome Browser And OS
For those of you that didn’t know, WebKit powers most if not all mobile web browsers. It was developed by Apple, and was used for the first time in their mobile Safari browser with the first-generation iPhone, which pretty much took on the mobile Internet by storm. Apple’s decision to open-source WebKit has benefited almost every competing device in the market, including Google Chrome and even the old and default Android browser. It made a ton of sense for Apple to do this, since it would allow the world to optimize everything for just one engine, and not start a battle where they could lose.
Today, Google seems to have second thoughts about WebKit, as the company is confirming that it’ll replace it due to its sluggish development. Instead Google will bring a new browser engine called Blink, with the idea of powering both their Chrome browser and even their operating system.
At first Blink is expected to be pretty much the same as WebKit, but obviously as demand for changes emerge, Google will be in control of it’s future, and not depend on negotiating things with Apple. Opera has also confirmed that they’ll be adopting Blink for their browser, so hey, let the browser wars begin on mobile.