Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 11:47 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Still, Firefox OS could have a big impact on the Web even if it never gains significant market share. By pushing the Web forward, Mozilla is helping to ensure that mobile websites will continue to be relevant even as developers create hundreds of thousands of proprietary apps. Firefox could lose the battle for the smartphone OS market but still win the war for open standards."
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RE: still think it's doomed
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 28th Mar 2013 16:58 UTC in reply to "still think it's doomed"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I do think that mozilla is doomed with firefox os.

However, their argument on apps kind of makes sense: its HTML 5. You write it once and it will work every where*!

* Everywhere that has included the new HTML 5 features we invented.

I think the review kind of speaks volumes, Mozilla can make the base apps great, but the third party apps kind of stink due to the hosting being unreliable. With Ios and android there is a limit to how bad an application can be, with firefox it doesn't look like there will be a limit.

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RE[2]: still think it's doomed
by ssokolow on Thu 28th Mar 2013 17:33 in reply to "RE: still think it's doomed"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

I think the review kind of speaks volumes, Mozilla can make the base apps great, but the third party apps kind of stink due to the hosting being unreliable. With Ios and android there is a limit to how bad an application can be, with firefox it doesn't look like there will be a limit.


Those aren't proper apps, per se. They're not much more than IFRAMEs pointed at mobile sites.

Proper apps can use AppCache to store the entire UI in the phone and then just XMLHttpRequest or WebSocket data back and forth.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

For the point I was making, It doesn't matter weather you consider them "proper" or not. The apps are there, and they're not very good.

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RE[2]: still think it's doomed
by moondevil on Fri 29th Mar 2013 09:00 in reply to "RE: still think it's doomed"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Yeah, the problem is which version of HTML5.

One got to love standards.

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