by Charles Ying

Skia Source Code Released

September 2nd, 2008

Hitching a ride on the Google Chrome / Chromium release today, the Skia graphics rendering engine that is the graphics heart of Android and Google Chrome (when there’s no GPU around) and part of the Skia acquisition was released today. Skia’s GL source code was briefly leaked in early 2007.

Skia does have some similarities to Openwave’s (now Purple Labs) V7 vector graphics engine. (as they both come from Mike Reed’s companies) But that’s purely a coincidence, I’m sure. ;-)

If you’re doing work in mobile vector graphics or image rendering on constrained mobile devices, you really should check out the source code and have a look. Skia is quite elegant in its simplicity and power, a great combination.

Now if only we know how TAT worked …

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5 Responses to “Skia Source Code Released”

  1. Google Open Sources Skia Graphics Engine - GigaOM Says:

    […] part of the Chrome release, Google open sourced a big portion of Android’s graphic engine code. This code comes from the Skia Graphics Engine that was […]

  2. Google Chrome | 6Patlar Says:

    […] açık kaynak kodlu Chrome yayınlanmasıyla (Chromium) beraber, Android’in grafik motoru kodu’nun büyük bölümünü açık kaynak hale getirdi. Skia Graphics Engine, Google’ın 2005 […]

  3. Nguyen Vu Hung Says:

    You can run skia as a standalone library under Linux. I’ve have memo on it.

  4. On rendering engines and graphic libraries • Web • Kilian Valkhof Says:

    […] When Google announced Google Chrome and it turned out to use the Webkit rendering engine, I think everyone collectively sighed in relief. Not yet another browser to support! Well, that was until it became known that Google Chrome actually doesn’t support a lot of Webkit’s more advanced CSS stuff such as text-shadow or transformations. The reason for this is called Skia. […]

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