Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Sep 2012 20:00 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Over the past year and a half I've been spending more and more of my time working with Mozilla's latest project, Firefox OS. During that time I've fallen in love with the project and what it stands for, in ways that I've never experienced with a technology platform before." I'm not convinced just yet. I hope it succeeds, but I just doubt it actually will.
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Great but...
by dmrio on Thu 13th Sep 2012 21:00 UTC
dmrio
Member since:
2005-08-26

Worst case it will popularize some phone APIs, like SMS. I hope it succeed, but I just don't believe that much.

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RE: Great but...
by Lennie on Fri 14th Sep 2012 00:08 in reply to "Great but..."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Did you know that browsers will soon support a whole lot more than just SMS.

How about an API for doing real time communication like Video-chat, or VoIP-calls ? It's called WebRTC. RTC == Real Time Communication.

WebRTC is a set of APIs:

MediaStream: Granting web apps/sites access to the camera and microphone on your computer, via the getUserMedia API.

DataChannel: Communicating data peer to peer.

PeerConnection API: Enabling direct peer to peer connections between two web browsers for audio and video.

Basically, it allows for:
reliable (TCP) and unreliable (UDP) peer2peer encrypted communication between two or more browsers or a browser and a server. With NAT-traversal and encryption. Suitable for Video, Audio and any other data.

Basically a built-in Skype-like API.

If you have Firefox installed you probably also now have support for this really cool new free audio codec:

https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/07/firefox-beta-15-supports-the-new-o...

The Opus codec is mandatory-to-implement for browsers that support WebRTC. Which will probably include browsers from:
- Mozilla
- Opera
- Google
- Microsoft

Apple is still keeping quiet.

It can also be combined with traditional VoIP and thus old style phone calls.

There seems to be even an interrest from Telcos.

It gets even more interresting when you start combining it with other things:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK1DC2zp6ZE (playing Chess while you can see your opponent) I'm sure people will come up with even better ideas.

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RE[2]: Great but...
by dmrio on Fri 14th Sep 2012 16:06 in reply to "RE: Great but..."
dmrio Member since:
2005-08-26

Did you know that browsers will soon support a whole lot more than just SMS.


Yes, I know, and that is exactly my point. Mozilla is pioneering here, so even if the OS platform as a whole fails miserably, their work must be credited.

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