Mozilla and Samsung have announced a partnership to build a new web browser engine for ARM devices and Android, Servo. Mozilla says the new engine will take advantage of "tomorrow's faster, multi-core" computing architectures, casting aside "old assumptions" about how a browser engine should work. Servo is being built using Mozilla's Rust programming language, which Samsung has helped with in recent months. Mozilla is making the Rust programming language available — in experimental form — to Android developers today, but there's no word on when the Servo engine will make an appearance.
Rather than designing a mobile web browser to challenge Google's Chrome — although that could be the end game here — Servo appears to be more of a challenge to WebKit, the browser engine used by Apple and Google in their browsers. Mozilla is encouraging developers to get involved with Rust and help improve the language, and says that it's looking with Samsung at more "opportunities on mobile platforms."