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Chrome 25 will ship with an ARM Native Client

Offers even more portability
Wed Jan 23 2013, 14:19
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has announced that its Native Client software development kit (SDK) will support ARM based devices from Chrome 25.

Google's Chrome web browser has been available on ARM devices through the Android operating system for a long time, but has been lacking an ARM Native Client SDK. However the firm said that will change with Chrome 25, which will have a Native Client SDK that supports ARM.

When Google announced its Native Client, it claimed that developers would be able to compile once and run on many different architectures all within the web browser. The firm says developers can compile for ARM devices by adding an ARM .nexe and making a change to the native client manifest.

However Google said further changes to the Native Client will be appearing this year in its Portable Native Client. Google software engineer David Sehr claimed that the Portable Native Client will bring "true architecture independence" through the use of LLVM bitcode and wire formatting, saying, "With Portable Native Client, we'll be able to support not just today's architectures, but also those of tomorrow - and developers won't have to recompile their app."

Google recently said that all searches from the Omnibox in Chrome 25 will be encrypted. The firm's upcoming web browser is presently in the beta channel, however the company hasn't said when it will make the transition to the stable channel. µ


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