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I really like the Chromium browser, it's quite speedy, but I can't find any functioning downloads for Android.

All the sites I've tried so far have the following error while trying to install the APK file:

Parse Error

There is a problem parsing the package.

I've tried Download Chromium (which was invaluable in getting Chromium working on my Desktop) and Github's paul99/clank, but neither source seems to work.

Does anyone know where I can download Chromium? (not Google Chrome!)
I'm running a non-rooted Android 2.3.4 on Droid X.

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    Chrome only supports Android 4.0+, so I would not be surprised if that is also the case for the Chromium builds you are trying to install (unless they are heavily altered). It may be failing to parse the package because it declares things in the manifest that Android 2.3.4 does not implement, so this could very well be impossible barring significant code modifications. – eldarerathis Jul 6 '13 at 21:26
  • You could possibly get Chromium if you install a custom mod that has it built in. – John Jul 7 '13 at 1:47
  • I think you can only get it in a newer version of android – Anonymous unsuprisingly Dec 2 '16 at 6:17
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As mentioned on Eldarerathis' comment, no matter what, you are going to need a newer version of Android, which probably means (CyanogenMod will only get you to 2.3.7) that you'll need a newer phone.

The good news is that from 4.0+ it only gets easier to easily run Chromium safely on Android. For Android 4.4, there's a free and open-source app getChromium that installs/updates the Chromium browser on Android.

FULL DISCLOSURE: A lack of trust in http*://chromium.woolyss.com, and other, equally sketchy non-Google vendors giving away "Chromium APK", together with a passion for malware-free Chromium APK was actually what motivated me to put together getChromium as an open-source means of getting builds directly from Google's repository over here: https://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chromium-browser-continuous/Android.

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Yes, it's possible, but you need devices running on Android 4.1 JellyBean or above (as of testing). Otherwise, you'll get "Parse error" message when installing it.


Note: I'm using the APK from here. I checked the content of the manifest using aapt and on line #31649:

E: uses-sdk (line=12)
  A: android:minSdkVersion(0x0101020c)=(type 0x10)0x10
  A: android:targetSdkVersion(0x01010270)=(type 0x10)0x16

Note the value of android:minSdkVersion, it's 0x10, which is 16 in decimal, and it corresponds to Android 4.1 JellyBean.

  • Andrew, I am new to the Android ecosystem, once you've download this package, how do you install on Android? – zabumba May 15 '15 at 15:31
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    @joelmaranhao please refer to this question for installing APK on Android device. – Andrew T. May 15 '15 at 15:34
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You could try building it yourself, following the instructions on the official site: https://www.chromium.org/developers/how-tos/android-build-instructions

Again, though, you will need a higher version of Android.

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Chromium for Android can be found here (multiple and platform specific versions available too).

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