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Mozilla, Samsung working on 'next generation' Android browser engine

Mozilla logoLooks like nobody is content with currently available browser rendering engines, first we saw Google announce Blink to replace the WebKit in its Chrome browser and now Samsung is working with Mozilla to create a new browser rendering engine.

Being built for ARM devices and Android, the rendering engine will be dubbed as Servo. According to Mozilla, Servo will take advantage of faster and multi-core architectures that are becoming very common in the smartphone market. It will be a new fresh take on browser rendering engines.

Servo is being built using Mozilla’s Rust programming language with the help of Samsung. Mozilla also revealed the availability of Rust for Android developers in an experimental form- download the code from Github.

“Servo is an attempt to rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware, rethinking old assumptions along the way. This means addressing the causes of security vulnerabilities while designing a platform that can fully utilize the performance of tomorrow’s massively parallel hardware to enable new and richer experiences on the Web,” Mozilla noted in a blog post.

There is no clear timeline right now on when we can the first browser powered by the Servo rendering engine but it would certainly take some time.

“We, along with our friends at Samsung will be increasingly looking at opportunities on mobile platforms. Both of these efforts are still early stage projects and there’s a lot to do yet, so now is a good time to get involved,” Mozilla added.

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