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Mozilla sets its site on mobile standardization

Joab Jackson | Oct. 13, 2011
After helping pave the way for platform independent websites and applications, the Mozilla Foundation has set a new, and ambitious, task for itself to standardize mobile applications on the Web platform as well, according to a talk given by its chief technology officer.

"For some reason, Apple and Google for Android are not interested in standardizing these device APIs," Eich said. "There is secret sauce from Apple. There is secret sauce in Android to get at these devices."

Nonetheless, as issues around individual device APIs are raised, such as security, device makers will be forced to disclose the inner workings of their mobile OSes. Mozilla already offers the capability to work with geospatial data, thanks to security issues raised around that technology, and will soon offer more capabilities tied in directly to device based cameras.

"There are no Web standards at hand [for mobile devices]. We're going to change that," he said. "We're going to expose Web APIs in all these devices and standardize them in a fair way, so they can be in all the browsers."

 

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