Native Client support on ARM

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Native Client (NaCl) enables Chrome to run high-performance apps compiled from your C and C++ code. One of the main goals of Native Client is to be architecture-independent, so that all machines can run NaCl content. Today we’re taking another step toward that goal: our Native Client SDK now supports ARM devices, from version 25 and onwards.

If your app uses Native Client and newlib, you’ll now be able to reach users on ARM devices by simply adding an ARM .nexe to your app and making a small adjustment to the Native Client manifest. Just get the newest SDK, and you’ll have all the tools you need.

While this will help provide more apps to users with ARM devices, we’re far from done. In 2013 the next generation of Native Client, called Portable Native Client, will introduce true architecture-independence by using LLVM bitcode as the wire format. With Portable Native Client, we’ll be able to support not just today’s architectures, but also those of tomorrow – and developers won’t have to recompile their app.

We look forward to your technical questions on Stack Overflow as well as comments in the discussion forum.

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