What you need to know
- Microsoft Edge Dev is now available for testing on Android.
- Edge Dev is currently on version 91 compared to version 92 that's on Edge Canary.
- Being on version 91 brings Edge Dev more in line with the desktop version of Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Edge Dev is now available through the Google Play Store (via Techdows). Edge Dev is currently version 91.0.864.11, which brings it more in line with some of the desktop versions of Microsoft Edge currently in testing. It's also a massive leap over the current stable version of Edge on Android, which is running version 46.03.24.5155.
The Edge browser will soon share a unified codebase across platforms. The recently-released Edge Canary on Android was the first major step in this direction. Now, Edge Dev allows people to test out new features for the browser on a more stable version. Edge Dev is still a developmental version of the browser, but it should have fewer issues than Edge Canary.
Unifying the codebase of Edge across platforms reduces the redundancy of development efforts. It also brings improvements to the mobile versions of Edge, including a new user interface, new menu layout, and improved scrolling. The new versions of Edge also support edge://flags, which lets you try out even more features.
When I first tried out Edge Canary, I was blown away by its speed. Unsurprisingly, Edge Dev sees a similar improvement. When Edge Canary first launched, it was on version 91.0.858.0, which is behind the version currently on Edge Dev.
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Why isn't the small banner saying "dev" not green like on desktop?
Just wondering, why do you report Edge stable is on version 46 when you are comparing it to Dev and Canary releases? I know it's an app version but Edge stable is actually on Chromium 77. It's still a leap but it's not a massive one. It seems like MS just merged app version and Chromium version in these new channels.
Yeah, I agree and don't think comparing the version number of the stable Edge is really a fair or relevant comparison. The stable is a different code base and likely won't be updated anymore. The new dev/canary versions follow the Chromium version as the Edge major version number, and seeks to unify the code base between desktop and mobile. Yes, it's a major leap in version numbers, but it's a total app transformation.
I'll add that in for context as it's a good point. That being said, the jump from 77 to 91 or 92 is quite sizeable imo.
This reminds me of old Windows Phone articles.
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