Microsoft Edge available on google store. In a surprise move last week, Microsoft said it was bringing its Edge Web browser to Android and iOS platforms. A week later the company has made a preview of Edge available on Google Play for customers with Android devices. Last week the company released a preview version of Edge for iOS via test flight beta channel.
At the time the company was not yet ready to release the Android version of Edge and instead was only accepting requests from customers who wanted to have Edge on their phone. On the other hand, the Android version was coming soon and those who wanted to try out the Edge on that platform could provide their email and get notified when the browser arrived in the Google Play store.
Simply go to that page select Android from the left sidebar and then enter either your phone number or your email address. You’ll be sent a link that will take you to the Play Store page for Microsoft Edge where you can install the browser. Since this is an unreleased app you’ll have to follow that link as it’s been hidden from search results within the Play Store. Edge’s mobile app offers a number of features for those who also use the browser on PC.
Microsoft Edge for Android is using Blink rendering engine from the Chromium browser project. This approach gives us more control and better performance than using the Android WebView control but means that we are shipping our own copy of the rendering engine in the app. Much like other Android browsers based on Chromium we expect to keep up with Chromium releases the company said last week.
We’re not sure when this mobile version of Edge will exit preview and enter full release but even now it seems to offer a fairly fluid experience. Microsoft has noted that some features still need to be added but my short time with the Android app has been pretty smooth so far. We’ll undoubtedly be hearing more about these apps once the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 drops so stays tuned.