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Flow Browser Engine preview now available for the Raspberry Pi 400

Ekioh have made available a preview of their next-generation browser engine, Flow. The release, for the Raspberry Pi 400, is now available to download from their website. 

Raspberry Pi running Flow

Flow is a novel browser, built from the ground up, that is designed for modern computer architectures. It uses all the available CPU cores for page layout, so different elements of the page are laid out concurrently. Flow also draws HTML elements directly on the GPU, dramatically improving rendering performance and keeping the CPU free for faster JavaScript execution.

The Raspberry Pi 400 is a great little personal computer and ideal for previewing Flow. Its capabilities are very similar to high end embedded platforms, where Flow’s animation performance is most beneficial. A major advantage with choosing this platform for Flow’s preview release is that the hardware can not be substantially modified, which should improve consistency in bug reports.

Not intended as a desktop browser replacement yet, this preview is to demonstrate what Flow’s current capabilities are. Initially designed for user interfaces on embedded devices, such as set top boxes, it has grown into a browser powerful enough for a large proportion of modern web sites. It scores substantially higher in animation benchmarks, such as MotionMark where it is 50% faster than Safari and three times the speed of Chrome.

“I’m excited that people finally have a chance to try out Flow”, said Piers Wombwell. “They will be able to see the performance benefits it has to offer our existing embedded customers, and hopefully appreciate where we are in developing a new web browser.”