Crowded and fragmented consumer electronics market got even more crowded recently. Two biggest players involved in the changes are companies with extensive experience in web browser technology, Google and Mozilla. Both of them are developing operating systems that are Linux-based and tightly connected to the web.
It has been already penned as “the biggest smart-phone technology event in a decade”.
Mozilla’s Firefox OS is a web-based, open-source platform that runs largely on HTML 5. In a nutshell, the whole operating system is a web browser. It uses Linux Kernel and boots into Gecko-based run-time engine, which in turn offers a unique browsing experience for apps coded in HTML 5. The company already signed contracts with LG and ZTE for a new generation of smart-phones. Huawei expects to launch a Firefox OS phone later this year.
Google on the other hand is working hard to add new products into its already existent Chrome-line. PCs and laptops running on Google’s Chrome OS go by Chromeboxes and Chromebooks. The idea here is to establish a “touch-only” operating system. Google aims to decrease this way the separation between desktop and mobile experience. At the moment, it is already rolling out finger-touch optimization both in Chrome OS and on the web. Its new smart-phones and tablets i.e Chromephones are Chromepads will launch most probably in the middle of 2014. To introduce the concept, Google prepared two events this month: Mobile Special Event on June 7th and Mobile Chrome Special Event on June 14th.
“Chrome OS represents Google’s pure vision of what an operating system should be. It’s simple, super-quick and secure. Google is 100% in control of it”.
As you know, we at Tuxera are always researching trends and looking for new directions in mobile technology. That is why, we already provide data portability support for Linux powered devices, including mentioned above Firefox OS and Chrome OS. Investing in innovation is our motto.