From Android 5 release, WebView has been updated to Chromium M37.
This adds the support for the following features:
WebRTC - Open project that provides Real-Time communications capabilities without plugins to the browsers and smart phones.
WebComponents - Allows for the creation of reusable widgets or components in web documents and web applications. Web components consist of 4 main elements which can be used separately or all together.
Additional to the above features, WebView adds new PermissionRequest class to allow access to protected device resources like the camera and microphone. Also with WebChromeClient#onShowFileChooser method, you can now launch file chooser to select images or files for an input form field from Android device.
From Android 5, the Chromium layer is now updated separately from the OS version and is updatable through Google Play as "Android System WebView" app. This will increase the speed of releases on the enhancements and bug fixes for WebView. As of today(2015/02/20), beta version of Chromium M40 is available for download.
Steps to install WebView Beta version:
Join WebView Beta Channel community on Google+ https://plus.google.com/communities/105434725573080290360 Sign up as beta tester https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.google.android.webview Install "Android System WebView" from Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.webview
Any Chromium related issues should be reported and can be viewed from the following:
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