In an unexpected move today, Microsoft has announced that its Edge browser will be available for Android & iOS. Its no brainer that Microsoft had been pushing their software & services across the platform, and with no Mobile platform in place, it only makes sense.
Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows, and Devices, today opened up preview apps for iOS and Android. The biggest benefit for the consumer here is that it offers same features as on Windows 10, and will make it easy to move what you’re working on between your phone and PC. Along with this Microsoft, Launcher is available starting today in the preview as well.
Features including Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View will sync across your PC and phone. So when you switch between devices you will have the same experience on all devices.
That said, instead of porting EdgeHTML rendering engine which is used on Windows 10, Microsoft has used WebKit engine, as provided by iOS in the WKWebView control and Blink rendering engine, as provided by the Android OS in the Android WebView control. This should make sure that performance of Edge on iOS and Android works smoothly.
The iOS app is available today for a limited audience in Apple’s TestFlight system, and the Android app will be available shortly via Android’s Play Store Early Access.The apps instead of using “Edge”, uses
The apps instead of using “Edge”, uses
EdgiOSfor iOS, and
EdgAfor Android. Here are the user agent strings for those who want to test out their apps, and websites on edge.
Microsoft Edge for iOS user agent string
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 10_3_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/603.2.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/14F89 Safari/603.2.4 EdgiOS/18.104.22.168
Microsoft Edge for Android user agent string
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 8.0; Pixel XL Build/OPP3.170518.006) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/58.0.3029.0 Mobile Safari/537.36 EdgA/22.214.171.124