Mozilla are to fully embrace Android by writing their Firefox apps in the native code of Google’s smartphone and tablet OS. This should make for a faster, less memory-demanding performance when using the web browsing app.
Mozilla had previously been programming using the XUL language but that’s now been ditched for a more efficient user experience, although the Gecko layout engine is likely to remain in use.
“Firefox on Android is a critical part of supporting the open web, and this decision puts us in a position to build the best Firefox possible,” wrote Director of Firefox engineering Johnathan Nightingale on open source project’s Google Group.
Although the changes won’t kick in until Firefox 8 or 9, which are to be released in November and December respectively, once the native Firefox UI arrives you can expect start-up times to total fractions of a second compared to the current figure of several seconds.