Google today announced it plans to eventually serve automatic updates to Android’s WebView just like it does for its Chrome browser. The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, has a Chromium-powered WebView component, bringing the same rendering engine and software stack that powers Chrome to Android app developers.

Google today answered the question “Do we plan to auto-update Android’s Chrome-based WebView?” by essentially saying the company is working on exactly such a plan. Here’s the full statement, worth quoting in full:

Evergreen browsers (like Chrome and Firefox) auto-update and keep their users up to date so they can view the web through a modern feature set. As a developer, this ensures your choices aren’t limited to a lowest-common denominator browser from years ago, but rather are keeping pace with the modern web. Your apps inside a WebView are just as important and deserve a runtime that keeps users up to date. There are large engineering and logistical challenges, but we’re not quite there yet and are working on it.
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--jeremy