Mozilla and Samsung team up for new Servo web browser engine

Mozilla certainly has experience with porting Firefox to the Android operating system, but today the company announced a new venture to create an all new web browser engine made for Android and ARM-based devices. It's also teaming up with one of the biggest Android device companies, Samsung, for the project.

In a post on the official Mozilla blog, it states:

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. To those ends, Servo is written in Rust, a new, safe systems language developed by Mozilla along with a growing community of enthusiasts.

The blog added that Samsung has contributed to the development of Rust including helping to creating the "infrastructure necessary to cross-compile to Android, along with many other improvements." The source code for both Rust and Servo have been released on GitHub. Mozilla has yet to reveal any kind of development schedule, must less a final release date, for Servo. However, it should be interesting to see what Mozilla and Samsung's collaboration comes up with in the web browser industry.

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Lmaooo in 20 years people are casually gonna be like, well I'm a bit rusty on my Rust, but sure I'll help you build another rendering engine for your web browser.

ians18 said,
Is it a coincidence that I mentioned this in the "Google ditching webkit article"

Rofl I remembered your comment too, I thought about that when reading this article.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
So somehow you think the authors read every single comment made on the articles to find for clues?

Most of the comments are a few lines that aren't that hard to read
Besides do you really expect that they just happened to come across the articles on their own in that specific order?

In the short term, it's more important, yes. But in the long term, Servo will bring far greater benefits. Everything has been designed with multi-threading from the ground-up, whereas Google are changing certain areas of WebKit to make it multi-threaded.

Also, the fact that the browser is being developed in Rust means that there will be virtually no memory leaks!