Mozilla to launch Fire­fox-based stream­ing Don­gle, Net­cast

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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.

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