Monday, August 15, 2011

Mozilla Wants a Browser to Control Your Phone - Technology Review

Also see Microsoft Faces the Post-PC World (WSJ) and Google Chrome Beta Turns On Native Code Machine (The Register)

If it succeeds, the Boot 2 Gecko project will move many of the functions now carried out by mobile operating systems—Android, Apple's iOS, WebOS, MeeGo, and others—into the browser itself. Basic phone functions like the dialer would be recoded in JavaScript so they could run in the browser. In time, almost all of the functions of a conventional operating system could run in the browser, in code cached on the phone and updated from the Web when necessary. Ultimately, say those involved, this trend would eliminate the need for proprietary operating systems, replacing them all with open standards that could run on any mobile browser.

Mozilla Wants a Browser to Control Your Phone - Technology Review

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