Qualcomm today broke cover on the Snapdragon 8cx, a powerful new chip purpose-built for Windows 10 PCs. But alongside the “extreme” new chip and all of its performance metrics, Qualcomm slipped in another announcement that should have Mozilla fans happy: a native ARM64 version of Firefox is in the works.
Mozilla and Qualcomm are working together to get a native ARM64 version of Firefox out the door, which should help to solve any performance issues caused by the current app. As it stands, Firefox must be emulated on Snapdragon-powered PCs, which causes some inherent performance issues. A native version built for ARM64 chips would solve any of the outstanding hitches, hopefully boosting the browser’s speed by a noticeable margin.
There’s no word on when this version of Firefox is expected to launch, but it’s reassuring for the sake of the app ecosystem for Snapdragon PCs that it’s in the pipeline.
The news comes alongside word that a native version of Chromium is also being worked on, and Windows 10 Enterprise will also be supported on the Snapdragon 8cx.