Microsoft quietly launched a version of Edge Canary on Android, giving enthusiasts their first look at the promised unified codebase.
As you may recall, Microsoft revealed in early March that it plans to consolidate all versions of its Edge browser, on desktop and mobile, into a single codebase. Due to the anti-competitive limitations imposed by Apple, the iOS version of Edge will however have to use Apple’s WebKit-based rendering engine.) The idea is to help make Edge development more efficient and allow Microsoft to offer new features on each platform at the same time, or at least faster.
There is no official announcement, but a Reddit user noticed that Microsoft had just released its very first version of Edge Canary on the Google Play Store. And while the Play Store listing doesn’t say anything about the codebase, this browser version matches the desktop version of Edge Canary and offers some subtle UI tweaks compared to the regular Edge version. on Android.
I made it my default browser on Android so I could test it out, but I don’t see any major performance differences yet.