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"I am very interested in making a beefed-up web stack with powerful local APIs available to users of existing devices," Gal wrote. "I think we can do this without distracting from the ultimate goal: Breaking the stranglehold of proprietary technologies over the mobile-device world."
Setting New Standards
Mozilla developers intend to use as little of Android as possible when building the user interface and other components of B2G, other than the kernel, drivers and a few other items.
"It's not likely that we'll use the Android Java-wrapped graphics APIs, for example," noted Mozilla Chief Evangelist Mike Shaver. "It's nice to start from something that's known to boot and have access to all the devices we want to expose."
What's more, Mozilla intends to conduct all its B2G development in the open and will release the source in real time. "We will take all successful additions to an appropriate standards group, and we will track changes that come out of that process," Gal wrote.
Having machines that purely rely on the cloud is definitely in our future but will take a few years to mature, Hilwa observed. "Mozilla is on the right track with this, though initially it is going to be a challenge because there will be multiple competing platforms with varying degrees of cloud dependency duking this out," he said.
Posted: 2011-07-26 @ 4:18pm PT
Good article. Just want to point out to the previous comment - your 'sensitive' data is and has always been available to anyone with the right legal warrant! Plus, most reputable cloud vendors specifically caution you about placing your sensitive data into the cloud until you are confident about your OWN security protocols. PS - love the typo "proprietary Google SAUCE"! Very appropriate!
Posted: 2011-07-26 @ 2:02pm PT
why this cloud-dependency? can't you just backup my data and settings to a memory card?
I have stayed away from the smartphone frenzy because I like to own my device and my data and decide who has access to it. Unless I own my little cloud, I will not transfer sensitive data to it.