Servo & Blink

The world, back in late march, knew 3-4 popular browser engines: WebKit, the engine that once was created by Apple (based on KDEs1 KHTML&KJS) and picked up by Google for their own Chrome browser2, Mozillas’ Gecko3, and Microsofts engine for (mobile) IE104. The fourth one, for the curious ones, would be Opera Softwares ‘Presto’, which Opera is replacing by WebKit in order to achieve better rendering, especially of mobile Webpages, where Apples mobile Safari alone has a huge market share.
Now, as of April 6th, there are 2 more entries to the list.
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  1. the Linux Desktop K Desktop Environment. []
  2. and Chrome OS plus the open source development projects dubbed Chromium & Chromium OS []
  3. developed based on open sourced Netscape Code, and used for Firefox and Mozillas new mobile OS Firefox OS []
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer, often confused with ‘the internet’. []

Jolla: MeeGo resurrected.

Only recently, being again (after using my Palm Pre Plus for one day again) tired of Android, I checked Nokia N9 prices again. Still too expensive for my liking, but there seemed to be no hope for the Nokia MeeGo device.

Yesterday, this changed. Jolla, a finish company being run by former Nokia employees, has announced to build some devices based on MeeGo. As you are likely to an attentive person, you will imidiately ask yourself: Now, what will they build on? MeeGo Harmattan, that was a MeeGo compliant Maemo? MeeGo, that is now Tizen, after having been merged with LiMo? Or MeeGo, that is now Mer? Well, it turns out that they will build on the last one, on Mer, and thus Qt.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to tell right now. As Qt and MeeGo/Mer are certainly pretty mature already, I do really hope for some (hardware) announcements pretty soon. Because without Hardware, nothing much will emerge of JollaMobile – it will be just another OpenWebOS (yeah, it will be very different, but also a dead end).

I wish the Jolla guys all the best. As these are the guys that made the N9 happen, they can build a disruptive product. And that’s really needed.

What you should read:
MeeGo Diaspora by Henri Bergius

Source:
JollaMobile (twitter)
Jolla (LinkedIn)

Join the discussion:
TheVerge
talk.maemo.org

Smartphones (and, now, tablets) have limited CPU cycles, memory, and battery life. Tight integration between hardware and software is essential for squeezing maximum performance out of these limited resources, and the Web sandbox imposed a serious performance hit.

Timothy B. Lee for arstechnica.com

This pretty much sums up why webOS has performance issues sometimes. They are there by design.

Breaking news: TIZEN is LiMo+MeeGo+HTML5

It´s a nice day, the weather in Munich is awesome, but I am staying in during lunch break to write this article on what just happened today.

Today Tizen was announced. Tizen is yet another Linux based operating system, which replaces (read: probably merges) LiMo and MeeGo into one common platform which is supposed to be optimized for HTML5 apps.

While MeeGo relying pretty heavily on Qt and LiMo was known for it´s use of GTK+ (in its fourth release GTK+ was joined by EFL, but as there are no known devices build around the LiMo r4 platform, let´s forget this here ;) ), this is a change to, let´s call it “Linux + Something (doesn´t really matter, as all of the afore mentioned Toolkits/Frameworks include their own flavour of WebKit) + WebKit.

The first release of Tizen, which is backed by Intel, Samsung, The Linux Foundation and most likely other players is going to be released alongside an SDK in the first quarter of 2012. Tizen is meant to run on a variety of different classes of devices, namely Smartphones, Tablets, Netbooks, In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems and Smart TVs.

Comment

I am not really sure what to make out of all this. It feels like an insane stunt. While it certainly makes sense to merge two foundering platforms, the HTML5 move seems odd and nothing else, considering that webOS, which was build using these exact technologies, is dying, partly because of its extensive use of these technologies which simply aren´t that mature yet (webOS always had speed issues). There is one more concern: Is there the room for yet another platform? With Windows 8 coming to ARM, Android being really huge and still growing (despite all the issues it is facing), there is not that much room for another player, as Apple has a large share of the market, too.And then there is Chrome OS, which is basically a glorified web browser, a competitor which may be (when first mass market aimed Tizen devices will surface, it will likely be late 2012 or 2013) different and stronger than we expect it to be right now.

However, I wish the new Tizen project the very best luck and success, because I believe that the market and the users need a truly open alternative. Tizen could fill this vacancy, let´s hope it will do!

SOURCE: Tizen.org, MeeGo, LiMo

Palm Pre Plus + HP webOS 2.1.0: Very First Impressions

Today I received the first one of the devices I had ordered earlier, a Palm Pre Plus. While I can´t compare that thing to Palm Pre (it´s being repaired) I can confirm that the Pre Plus feels better than the original Pre – build quality is better: The slider is snappier and feels more solid, the keyboard is nicer, too.

webOS 2.1.0 is better, too. While booting the device isn´t exactly blazing fast, it seems that start up time improved a little bit. Besides that, I have to say that I like the new launcher – and I am pleased by the number of patches that is already available on Preware. While the Browser is better at HTML5 support now, Apps are still not too many, but a stroll throughout the AppCatalog, which is quite comfortable to walk through makes feel that the applications that are there are quite promising – and I am talking about the free ones here.

More soon.


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