Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser and the upcoming Firefox OS, is working on a media-streaming stick set to directly compete with the Google Chromecast and other similar products, according to GigaOm. The device, as expected, runs on Mozilla’s own Firefox OS, originally designed for smartphones, and is apparently referred to as “Netcast” within the Firefox browser. While the device doesn’t yet have a name or release date, it’s said that it will be more open to developers looking to hack its capabilities.
The new streaming device has allegedly been in development for some time, and changes are still being made. The focus here, however, is on openness; GigaOm reports that developers will eventually be able to code apps for multiple platforms, including Windows Phone and Amazon’s Fire phone. However, it’s unclear how involved Mozilla is in the hardware’s development. In an official statement, a spokesperson wrote:
“Firefox OS is an open platform freely available for any company to build on top of without restriction. This means companies can experiment with different form factors that run Firefox OS.”
The statement may seem like a thin denial aimed at possibly instilling the idea that a third-party could be behind this project, and it’s certainly possible that some other company is responsible for the hardware side of things, but the software is certainly coming from inside the company, as indicated by the references in the browser. Check out a video of the device in action, after the break:
Surprisingly, GigaOm reports that a prototype device acquired by that site (seen in the video above) is capable of working with certain Google Chromecast-enabled applications right out of the box.
Though it’s fighting an uphill battle, Mozilla is already committed to competing with Google across different markets. The company already announced a partnership with Panasonic at CES to build Firefox OS into upcoming televisions.
There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the “Netcast” or whatever it ends up being called as a publicly available product, but the leaked prototype is said to be available some time in the near future.