Mozilla has announced that they are beginning development of a native ARM64 version of Firefox for the always on, always connected, multi-core Snapdragon platform with Windows 10.
Rather than running Firefox under x86 emulation in Windows, by offering a native ARM64 version the program can benefit from increased performance and stability.
“Today, Mozilla is excited to be collaborating with Qualcomm and optimizing Firefox for the Snapdragon compute platform with a native ARM64 version of Firefox that takes full advantage of the capabilities of the Snapdragon compute platform and gives users the most performant out of the box experience possible,” stated Marissa (Reese) Morris, Senior Director of Firefox Product at Mozilla, in a blog post. “We can’t wait to see Firefox delivering blazing fast experiences for the always on, always connected, multi-core Snapdragon compute platform with Windows 10.”
It appears that Mozilla is already hard at work developing this native version as can be seen by the issues opened in Bugzilla.
Firefox is not the only one coming out with a native ARM64 version of their browser. For example, an ARM64 Chromium version is currently under development, so it makes sense that Mozilla would follow suit.
This is an exciting time for Snapdragon devices as software and operating system developers continue to develop native support for its architecture.