Mozilla to launch Firefox-based streaming Dongle, Netcast
After the successful launch of Google’s Chromecast, which sold in millions, everyone else has discovered the potential of streaming devices. Recently, Amazon and Roku launched their devices. According to GigaOM, Mozilla will soon enter the market with its Firefox-powered streaming device. A Mozilla enthusiast, Christian Heilmann, recently uploaded a photo of Mozilla’s prototype streaming device on Twitter.
People at GigaOM managed to dig out more on it and even got their hands on the prototype as soon as that leaked photo went viral on Twitter. The device provides better functionality and options than Chromecast. Mozilla has partnered with some as yet unknown manufacturer to build this device. The prototype has been sent to some developers for testing and reviews. This device, which is called Netcast, has a hackable open bootloader, which makes it run some Chromecast apps.
Mozilla has always looked for an open environment for its products. It is expected
that the company’s streaming stick will come with open source technology, which will help developers to develop HDTV streaming apps for smartphones.