As mobile use is at an all-time high and expected to top desktop computer use within a year or so, companies such as Google, Samsung and Apple are all competing for their share of this highly competitive market. Recent announcements show that Google, Samsung and Mozilla are working fast to release new versions of web browser engines for mobile use.
Browser engines are used to interpret HTML which determines how the content is displayed on the screen. It sounds simple enough but there are many differing mobile devices- each with its own type of browser. If two browsers use different engines, the content may be displayed differently on each device.
Google announced on Wednesday that it was developing a new web browser engine called Blink. Blink is a variant of the WebKit engine, an open-source engine that currently powers Chromium and Safari. However, as Chromium has become more complex, it has become harder to use, which spurred these changes by Google. Blink will also be used to power Opera's web browser.
Mozilla also announced on Wednesday that it was currently working with Samsung to develop a new web browser engine called Servo. Servo will be used mainly for Android smartphones. This announcement comes at a time when Google is currently attempting to market the Chromium browser to smartphone users.
- Samsung and Mozilla working on new web browser engine for Android (slashgear.com)
- Mozilla Working with Samsung to Create a New Web-browser Engine (techie-buzz.com)
- Web browser engine swaps abound, so do enterprise complications (zdnet.com)
- Mozilla and Samsung partner to build 'Servo', a next-gen web browser engine (9to5google.com)
- Mozilla and Samsung Collaborate on Next Generation Web Browser Engine (mozilla.org)
- Mozilla, Samsung Working Together On New Web Browser Engine (webpronews.com)
- Samsung And Mozilla Join Forces To Develop A Next Generation Mobile Web Browser Engine Called "Servo" (sporkings.com)
- Is Google's new Blink browser engine good or evil? It depends (gigaom.com)
- Samsung and Mozilla Collaborate on Next Generation browser engine 'servo' (techysants.wordpress.com)
- Mozilla and Samsung Collaborate on Next Generation Web Browser Engine [Servo] (mozilla.org)