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Google's Blink rendering engine will tip up in Chrome 28

Downplays initial differences with Webkit
Fri Apr 05 2013, 15:58
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google said Chrome 28 will be the first version of its web browser that sports the Blink rendering engine.

Google announced earlier this week that it will fork the Webkit project to create its own web rendering engine named Blink. Now the firm said during a developer question and answer session that the first version of its Blink rendering engine will appear in Chrome 28, which will be released 10 weeks from now.

Google went to great lengths to say that while its Blink rendering engine will appear in Chrome 28, there will be very little difference from a user or developer perspective. The firm wouldn't say when the Blink engine will appear in the Chrome beta channel, though given that Chrome 28 is expected in 10 weeks, it shouldn't be too long.

As an example of how minor the perceptible changes will be, Google said the user agent tag - the tag used by web browsers to identify itself to servers and scripts - will remain the same. The firm is unlikely to make drastic changes to the user agent tag any time soon, given that some websites render pages that are tailored to specific user agents.

Google also played it cool about transferring patches from its Blink project to Webkit, saying that as time goes on it might become harder and harder to apply patches from one project to another. The firm also added that the Blink rendering engine will appear on the Android version of Chrome but didn't say when it will turn up on Android's original web browser.

With Google's Blink rendering engine the firm is hoping to concentrate on developing a rendering engine that will make better use of multi-core processors, something that is becoming commonplace in both PCs and consumer electronics devices. µ


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