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. Continue reading Servo & Blink→
I am still not quite sure what to think of Tizen. On the one hand, it’s yet another HTML5 infused mobile OS (just like webOS/Open webOS and Mozilla’s boot2gecko) on the other hand, it is backed by two mayor hardware players (Intel&Samsung) and built around the Enlightenment UI framework, which for a long time showed of really efficient, good looking demos and almost no applications for real world use. And then Tizen is the lovechild of MeeGo and LiMo, two open source platform efforts which never really made a much of an impact on the market.
This video shows a demo unit showing of rather horrible Samsung UI. At this point, I would really like to see a merger of Open webOS and Tizen efforts, as HP/Palm has proven that they can do better than this in terms of UI concepts and UX design.
Browsers have been improving quite a lot during the last years, at least compared to other software, eg. word processors. From the very beginning I’ve been a Firefox user, but switched to Chrome recently, as it’s faster and crashes less – the only thing I miss from time to time are the great extensions Firefox has – but hey, it’s still installed as an option (and for testing, of course).
Now the Mozilla guys came up with a new feature that might convince me to switch use good old Firefox again. It might very well solve an issue, that I as a heavy multi tabber know too well.
Now I better stop blathering. Just enjoy the video demo: