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