Microsoft releases Edge Canary for Android matching desktop OS browser and features

Edge Canary Android Full
Edge Canary Android Full (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is working to unify the codebase across all platforms.
  • Edge Canary for Android is now live and ready to be downloaded.
  • This version of Edge for Android matches Edge Canary's latest release for Windows 10 desktop with many similar features.

Microsoft announced in early March that it was going to unify the code behind its Edge browser across mobile versions on iOS and Android. We're now getting our first taste of that with a brand-new Edge Canary build for Android that is ready to download (via Reddit).

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

This version of the Edge browser – 91.0.858.0 – also matches the Windows 10 desktop version of Edge Canary, just as Microsoft promised. As we explained back in March:

Microsoft plans to unify the codebases of Microsoft Edge across multiple operating systems. Right now, Edge apps on mobile platforms are based on different codebases than the desktop version. As a result of this, you see things like Edge on Android being based on version 77 while Edge on the desktop is based on Edge 89. Microsoft aims to fix this, and to improve the efficiency of Edge's development across platforms, by unifying Edge codebases across platforms.By unifying codebases on different versions of Edge, Microsoft can more easily share features across desktop and mobile versions of Edge. The unification also improves the engineering process.

With a new UI, features, menu layout, and even scrolling behavior, this is a very different version of the current Edge beta build (Edge with advanced features like reading mode and full access to Edge://flags.

Under flags, users can experiment with new features, including a persistent dark mode and smooth scrolling tweaks – however, these could also have a detrimental effect on performance, so be aware.

Microsoft explained the changes and process in a video shared above to explain why they are doing this and how it will benefit end-users.

For those on Android, you can go ahead and download the Edge Canary version and still keep the regular release installed as well. The Canary build can be set as default, but as the name implies, this is an early look, and there will likely be some bugs.

Thanks, @Leopeva64, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

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  • Will Microsoft be able to do the same for iOS? Or is this impossible as the browser is based on webkit?
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