The Gello browser app will come to CyanogenMod 13 build for a selected range of devices. It will not be available for general Android devices.
The developers of one of the most popular custom ROMs for Android devices are building a web browser, but they’re not doing it from scratch. The CyanogenMod team is working on a browser called Gello, and it’s based on the source code for Google’s Chrome web browser for Android.
Though it’s based on the same open source code as Chrome, Gello includes a ton of mobile-focused features introduced by the CM team (and a good bit of which are inspired by competing browsers). Some of the highlights include a “save for offline” function, a desktop-style custom save dialog, easy bookmarks on the homescreen, multiple search engines, power-saving and night reading modes, a built-in ad blocker, and an “immersive” fullscreen option. Below is a video overview of the various features, but be aware that it’s a year old – some of them may look a bit different in the final version.
Rizzoli also confirmed that the new Gello browser won’t be compatible with low end devices. “Compatibility: there’s a “sad” point: low end devices or devices with small system partitions won’t get Gello, they’ll get the AOSP Browser instead,” he added.
If you’re interested in how it’s compiled, give a look at the links at the end of this post.
The server and compilation stuff took much time, the app has been ready for many months. But better later than never. Joey Rizzoli, the CM developer who first teased Gello last year said that it is ready for shipping and that managers can begin to incorporate Gello into builds. Gello isn’t available for general Android devices – it requires CyanogenMod 13 (based on Android 6.0) to function. But users too impatient to wait for the nightly device builds to catch up can compile it themselves or download a pre-built version from the CyanogenMod Jenkins server.