If you didn’t think the browser wars had begun in mobile, think again. We were just reporting that Google is moving away from Apple’s WebKit in future versions of Google Chrome, and as it turns out, they’re not alone. This time though, it’s Samsung, and apparently what they want to do is move away from Google.
We’ve always said that Samsung only uses Android to power TouchWiz on Android smartphones, as it’s clear that the company does away with almost every aspect of stock Android on their smartphones. Now it seems that Samsung also wants an alternative to the Google Chrome browser by teaming up with Mozilla, makers of Firefox, in order to create a new browser engine.
Mozilla has been working on a project called “Servo”, which plans to “rebuild the browser from the ground up with modern hardware”. Obviously Mozilla has also been working on their own smartphone operating system since Google has been quite successful with Android. Since that really didn’t draw any attention at CES 2013, the next best thing was to partner with an OEM, and that’s what they’re doing.
It’s still hard to tell what to expect from these two companies working together. Competition is always great, but if any of your remember the Blu-Ray vs HD DVD and VHS vs Betamax wars, standards are always better in technology. We’ll see how this plays out.