Google has launched a beta channel for Android WebView on Lollipop. All android apps uses WebView that show HTML content without forcing developers to open a web browser. WebView is an Android key service that displays web pages.
Google has announced about WebView beta channel in Android Developers blog, “Many Android apps use a WebView for displaying HTML content. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has the ability to update WebView independently of the Android platform. Beginning today, developers can use a new beta channel to test the latest version of WebView and provide feedback.
WebView updates bring numerous bug fixes, new web platform APIs and updates from Chromium. If you’re making use of the WebView in your app, becoming a beta channel tester will give you an early start with new APIs as well as the chance to test your app before the WebView rolls out to your users.”
By creating a beta version with WebView, developers can check new features and improve performance for a better experience with their Android apps. If any developers want to become a beta tester, they can join the Google Plus community that will enable them to sign up for Beta program and then will be able to install the beta version of the WebView from the Google Play Store.
Earlier WebView came into light after the latest discussion over security issues in older versions of android and it was based on WebKit in JellyBean version of Android.