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Android code for 'Servo' and 'Rust' language available to download and build

Browser-maker Mozilla has announced that it's teamed up with Samsung in the creation of a new web browser engine, 'Servo,' built upon a new, modern programming language, 'Rust.'

Both projects are focused on fully exploiting modern, multi-core hardware in a way that maximizes performance, while avoiding  the kinds of bugs and glitches that can lead to crashes and security vulnerabilities. The source code for the latest version of Rust, v. 0.6, and the Servo browser engine, is available to download for Android today. The first major  release of Rust -- let alone the Servo browser based upon it -- isn't expected anytime soon. Today's Mozilla post outlines development work continuing "in the coming year" as it approaches its first major revision.

So we're still a way off seeing this Mozilla/Samsung collaboration bear fruit in the form of a pre-loaded browser on an actual device, but the Servo project could represent a future competitor for Apple's open-source WebKit, which powers the stock Android browser, as well as Safari and Google Chrome. What's more, a browser engine built from the ground with input from Samsung would give the manufacturer an advantage if it did ever choose to seek more independence from the Google ecosystem. And as a browser-maker, the potential benefits for Mozilla are clear to see.

One thing's for sure -- we'll be watching Servo and Rust with interest in the months ahead.

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There are 11 comments

Danrarbc says:

Rust? Seriously?

That word has a pretty negative connotation.

worknman says:

In regard to HTML, so does BLINK :)

pixelslave says:

>> ... but the Servo project could represent a future competitor for Apple's open-source WebKit ...

WebKit is NOT an Apple project. It's not even originally created by Apple. It originated from KDE.

ZigmunD says:

WebKit IS Apple project based on KDE's KHTML.

G4 Man says:

So two companies that make low quality products are teaming up to make something? My expectations aren't very high. I think I'll stick with Opera "Ice" and Chrome beta

kamiller42 says:

Firefox 20 for Android is awesome on my phones. Paired with Firefox Sync, which exceeds Chrome's sync capabilities, it is awesome++.

mwara244 says:

This sounds like they are seeing the stock browser of android going away and being replaced with chrome for android and they would rather have another option instead of having to use chrome. personally i like my stock browser on my GNex and watch a lot of videos. I just wish the chrome browser would build flash into it the same way they do on desktop chrome. 85% of the web uses flash for videos and a key point of android was the ability to use flash to watch and stream videos.

Jdroid3 says:

Samsung is slowly migrating away from Android. We Android fans need to support someone else besides Samsung. I have the GS III and my next phone will not be a Samsung. Not that it's not a good phone, I'm just an Android supporter and I see where the operating system is going(tizen). Come on Google X.

worknman says:

As far as I know, Samsung has never released an Android phone, outside of the Nexus devices.

icebike says:

A new browser engine, even one that makes full use of multiple cores isn't going to solve the problems of slow web page loading. That is a network problem, caused by bloatware ads on every page delivered from dozens of different servers.

Even fast servers and fast clients can't deliver Android Central pages due to the horrendous waits for over burdened ad servers delaying page delivery.

The bugs and security problems more often than not arrive in malicious code attached to ads.

Gearu says:

I half-saw a TV advert for some app or phone function the other day that even said 'Only On Samsung'.

It's a slow move away from Android, but it's happening. Not to say they won't keep offering Android though, as long as the market wants it and the money is there.
If you've got a big enough company to pull it off then I guess it's worth trying.