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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mozilla's Chrome-cast like streaming stick based on Firefox OS demonstrated on video


Mozilla Firefox OS streaming stick

We recently told you that Microsoft may be planning to release its own Surface-branded Miracast dongle to challenge the Google Chromecast. However it looks like Mozilla already has one of its own in the works based on Firefox OS, which even connects with Chromcast enabled apps out of the box.



The home screen interface of the Mozilla streamer looks quite a lot like the Chromecast, with the substitution of "Fling" for "Cast" as the operative verb. Apps that can connect to Chromecast will see the Mozilla stick as a casting target, and most of them allegedly work as intended. The video only shows YouTube playback, but the interface is oddly complex for a device with no remote control. It should also be able to mirror tabs from Firefox browsers.

It is not known who Mozilla is teaming with to manufacture the streaming stick, but we should learn more about this device in a few weeks. If it actually does work correctly with Chromecast apps, the Firefox OS streaming stick will make a great alternative to the Chromecast -- the device will have open source software with an open bootloader. Though, pricing will probably be the determining factor.


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