Mozilla is working on a Firefox OS powered Google Chromecast killer

A new report suggests that Mozilla is working on a Firefox OS powered media streaming stick akin to Google's Chromecast. Despite the stick being powered by Mozilla's HTML5-based Firefox OS, it is actually capable of running some apps from Chromecast, most likely as a result of Google opening up its Cast SDK to developers earlier this year.

Gigaom reports how sources "directly involved" with the project gave details of the device and even provided a prototype of the product. It is possible, should the unit hit retail the shelves, that it will be called 'Netcast' as this is a term seen in some recent Mozilla developer notes.

Gigaom's report came just hours after Twitter user and Mozilla evangelist @codepo8 showed off an image of the device, proclaiming it to have an open boot loader. This could make it possible to install different operating systems onto the unit.

Gigaom confirmed this detail and highlighted how the apparent openness and transparency of the project could enable developers to add casting capabilities to apps from any platform rather than just the Android and iOS options officially supported by the Google Cast SDK.

A Mozilla spokesperson responded to an enquiry by Gigaom about the unit by saying

"Firefox OS is an open platform freely available for any company to build on top of without restriction. This means companies can experiment with different form factors that run Firefox OS."

This almost suggests that the device has been produced by a third-party company. It is known that Mozilla has been playing around with adding content-casting capabilities to Firefox for a while through Roku streaming units.

We will be curious to see how this device compares to Google's offering and of course, price will play a big factor into is success as well.

Source: Gigaom

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more tech stuff? I'm not complaining, I love the market being crowded with competition, honestly, devices are cheap and innovation is high...Its great to be a tech nerd right now

Sonne said,
more tech stuff? I'm not complaining, I love the market being crowded with competition, honestly, devices are cheap and innovation is high...Its great to be a tech nerd right now

Exactly this.

Mozilla Statement:
"Firefox OS is an open platform freely available for any company* to build on top of without restriction**"

The missing small print:
* Firefox OS is available only to companies who conform to Mozilla's stance on marriage(!)
** Restrictions apply if an individual's opinion or personal views conflicts with that of Mozilla's(!)

lol :p

It all depends on whose ox is being gored, now doesn't it? It's perfectly clear where you stand.

And by "Mozilla's stance", you mean the stance that says you don't discriminate against others, right? Oh wait, so you support anti-gay CEOs?

Imho, the old motto still stands - "Live and Let Live." Eich got exactly what he had coming.

As to the topic, interesting gadget. I hope it works out, since more competition is good for all of us.

COKid said,
It all depends on whose ox is being gored, now doesn't it? It's perfectly clear where you stand.

And by "Mozilla's stance", you mean the stance that says you don't discriminate against others, right? Oh wait, so you support anti-gay CEOs?

Imho, the old motto still stands - "Live and Let Live." Eich got exactly what he had coming.

As to the topic, interesting gadget. I hope it works out, since more competition is good for all of us.

You know he was being sarcastic, right?

Yea, but they are more expensive. And CC is getting better all the time with more apps supporting it. 35 bucks is a pretty good deal.

Exactly. "Why?"

What is Mozilla thinking here? It'd be different if they were trying to get Firefox onto the "big screen" but this doesnt seem the main focus here or any focus of this at all.