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What is Android WebView and Should You Use It?

02 Jun 2021 Developer News
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Android WebView is a component of the Android OS that allows you to see the results from the web directly in the app. It’s a system app you can find in your Android smartphone menu. In order to find this particular app, you can go to “Settings” > “Application Manager” > “System Apps”. You will see Android WebView and you can confirm if the option is enabled.

What is Android WebView?

As mentioned, it’s a built-in app that comes with your Android device. Thanks to it, you can run web content within applications. It should not be mixed with a browser application that came with your phone. Android WebView is based on the WebKit engine and is a part of Android KitKat. The app is important for the functioning of Android Studio. If you have any programming knowledge, you can use Android Studio to create your own browser or any other app.

Practically explained, Android WebView allows you to open other tabs while browsing through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or other apps. If you see an interesting ad while scrolling through these social networks and the ad opens in another window, this window is running thanks to Android WebView.

If it’s properly updated, Android WebView will save you a lot of time. Instead of opening a browser and searching for the content, you can simply click on the link inside any app and see the content.

Perks of having Android WebView

Besides already stated time saving, the app is also saving your battery. Since fewer programs are running, your battery is less used. This is also useful for your phone’s CPU and memory. Your browser capabilities are integrated with created apps.

This is why Web Developers are working on Android 7.0 and above are using Android WebView to create apps. That way, you can be sure to open all the links through this app. Since the Lollipop version of Android, WebView became an app for itself and it can be downloaded using Google Play Store. Since a built-in app was consuming too much of your memory, now you have an option to download it as an app and save your RAM.

If at any given time you decide you don’t want to use Android WebView anymore, the built-in app will not allow you to delete it, but you can disable it. Besides this, you can clear cache and deinstall all the updates to free some memory space.

It’s strongly advised not to deactivate this app since it’s helping your device function properly.

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