Crosswalk had an incredible 2015, growing in adoption, features, and integration. Here's raising a glass to what was accomplished and to our great community of web developers who made Crosswalk the best runtime for mobile web apps on Android.
A lot of significant new features were implemented in 2015.
- 64-bit support: 64-bit builds of the Crosswalk runtime enabling the best performance of application running on 64-bit Android devices.
- Shared mode: The ability to package Android web applications in "shared mode" to allow the runtime to be dynamically downloaded, reducing APK size and solving architecture incompatiblity problems.
- Crosswalk Lite: Initiated research to reduce the runtime footprint by removing features. Reduced APK size from 20M to 10M
- Crosswalk-App-Tools: A new, Node.js-based build tool, replacing make_apk.py and unifying the setup and building process across all platforms.
- Game mode: Working with Cocos2D, the team greatly optimized HTML5 games, especially complex scenarios, stunning effects, and advanced features.
- 6 new releases. From Crosswalk version 11, with Chromium 40 to Crosswalk version 16, with Chromium 45.
New supported platforms
Android and Tizen were the only supported platforms at the start of the year. Only a year later, all major platforms are supported at some level. This means less work for the developer and broader reach for each web application built using Crosswalk.
- iOS mobile: Crosswalk Project for iOS 8 and newer, leveraging WkWebView to enable web apps to leverage the Crosswalk API.
- Linux / Debian desktop: Release of the first version of Crosswalk Project for Linux (Debian), and adoption by Deepin as their default web runtime.
- Windows desktop: Easily port your web application to run on Windows desktop. Includes creation of an MSI installer.
Integration into new developer tools
As the Crosswalk Project grew in use and popularity, more tool creators recognized the value of enabling Crosswalk in their IDEs and backends.
- Cordova / Phonegap: Cordova CLI 5 introduced cordova-crosswalk-webview-plugin, making replacing the default runtime with Crosswalk easy.
- Telerik, Trigger.io, Manifold.js: Many new tools added support for using Crosswalk for their developers.
Community and Awards
- Conferences: Crosswalk engineers and architects presented at over a dozen major Android and web development conferences in 2015.
- Outstanding open source project: The Crosswalk Project was awarded Outstanding Open Source Project by the China Open Source Promotion Union (COPU) at its annual World Summit.
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