Chromium

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This page explains how to make chromium usable in mobile UIs like plasma-mobile.

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Chromium running on plasma-mobile

Installation

Install chromium package from alpine.

Configure startup (scale + useragent)

Edit /usr/share/applications/chromium.desktop and set the following line:

Exec= GDK_SCALE=3 chromium-browser %U --start-maximized  --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 4.4.2; Nexus 5 Build/KOT49H) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/32.0.1700.99 Mobile Safari/537.36"

You may adapt scale and useragent to your needs.

On-screen keyboard

Currently on-screen keyboard does not work with plasma-mobile (see [1]). You may install this extension to get a virtual keyboard nevertheless (though it does not work with every website):

Scroll-bar

Access "chrome://flags". To do that type it in the plasma-mobile search bar (on home screen), and then copy and paste it in the chromium url bar.

Enable the following flags:

  • Smooth Scrolling
  • Overlay Scrollbars
  • Scroll prediction

This will allow to have a good scrolling experience, and hide scrollbar, so that it does not take screen-space.