The latest version of Edge is finally available on Android. Behind this novelty hides Microsoft’s desire to unify the code of its browser on all platforms. Final objective: to offer the same functionalities on smartphones as on PCs. IOS devices will have to wait a little longer, however.
Earlier this year, Microsoft discussed its plan tounify Edge source code on different platforms. Smartphone users had to be content with version 77 of the browser, while on PC, version 91 is already deployed and operational. De facto, app aficionados could not benefit from the same features on all their devices.
Microsoft announced in March that smartphone users will soon be entitled to the latest version of the browser. It is now done on Android, including the Play Store now displays Edge Canary for download, as a member of Reddit noted. Version 91.0.858.0 is identical to that present on Windows 10, which makes it very different from the one proposed so far.
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Finally the same version of Edge on Android and Windows 10
This major update is a continuation of Microsoft’s sweeping strategy. After finally getting rid of Legacy, shunned by users, it is now time to bring the smartphone versions up to the level. Android devices are now entitled to smoother scrolling, permanent dark mode and, overall, better performance. Note, however, that some issues may still be present, while the application is fully optimized.
All Android users can now download the latest version of Edge Canary from the Play Store. This is a different build from the old version, so you may end up with two different apps. It is nevertheless possible to configure the Canary version as the default browser. Microsoft has yet to release information about the rollout to iOS. We’ll keep you posted when we know more about it.