In what seems like a clear attack on the likes of Chrome, Safari and Opera, Mozilla and Samsung have teamed up to “rebuild the Web browser from the ground up on modern hardware.” The two companies are developing Servo, a web browser engine for Android and ARM, built with Mozilla’s Rust programming language.
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What is unique about this experimental web engine is that it is being developed to take advantage of parallel computing. In simpler words, unlike other web browsers out there, which do not use all the cores in a phone’s processor, Servo is expected to optimize its performance using all the cores while also using power efficiently. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Details about Servo are sketchy at best at the moment, but Mozilla does give a glimpse into Rust’s programming language, explaining that Rust is ‘safe by default’ and can prevent entire classes of memory management errors that lead to crashes and security vulnerabilities. It also adds that Rust is very light in size and allows programmers to leverage the power of the many CPU cores available on current and future computing platforms. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
Both the companies have not shared any kind of time-frame on when Servo might eventually arrive on mobile devices, but Mozilla has mentioned that it is putting all its available resources into this project and are currently building tools and improving performance on Rust.
This collaboration comes at a time when it is widely believed that Samsung is slowly trying to distance itself from Google, as it no longer is satisfied getting just 10 percent of the ad revenues Google makes from Samsung’s devices. Samsung has also been developing new and unique features like S-Voice with the launch of every flagship model and has also revamped its TouchWiz UI to such an extent that it no longer resembles the stock Android UI in many ways. Servo is a further sign that Samsung doesn’t want Chrome to be the default web browser on its devices and wants to develop one that is better suited to its phone’s hardware prowess and at the same time take away the edge from Google.