Notes from #lwsw3trends

Firefox OS in a nutshell @ferkhamp @borjasalguero

  • Make something affordable for everyone
  • “Will Firefox OS change the app’s history?”
  • Open source OS using web technologies, bringing the web to everyone using a low end smartphone
  • Basic needs of an app
    • A web app
    • A manifest (json)
  • Hosted vs packaged
    • Hosted - Remote with a local manifest, limited api
      • Signed by app store but not reviewed
    • Packaged is bundled with all resources
      • Options for more levels of API: hosted, privileged, certified
      • Approved by app store
      • Tight CSP (no inline scripts)
    • Privileged
      • Approved by vendor
      • Access to all APIs
      • Loosened CSP
  • All controlled my manifest
  • Simple API for hosted apps for things like battery level including simple event listeners, just call the object
  • Option to interact with other apps if you don’t want to build the functionality yourself (like web intents)
  • User REM to get mm from pixels
  • http://buildingfirefoxos.com
  • Lots of debugging tools on the device, including repaint highlighting and load timers
  • Shared CSS libraries you can use for a consistent look and feel, as well as easier development
  • Debug using Firefox’s web inspector
  • You can modify all the html and CSS of your firefox OS homescreen

What’s new in Web Standards @torgo

  • The web is evolving
  • Web is almost a majority mobile platform
  • WebRTC
    • Real Time Communication
    • “Skype in your browser”
  • DRM - a big talking point right now
    • “If there’s DRM on the internet anyway, why not have it in a standards way”
  • System Application API (similar considerations as for Firefox OS)
  • New: Web and Mobile Interest Group - taking forward the work of CoreMob
    • Goal is to make the web the goto platform of choice for cross-platform mobile development
  • Future of Installable Webapps
    • Installing a webapp on Firefox OS and Tizen from one manifest file
    • Install the existing app experience to the homescreen instead of piping out to a different experience
  • Push API
    • Push notifications for web apps
  • Advances in Offline Service Worker
    • People don’t like Appcache
    • An architecture to support offline webapps
  • Web Payments
    • “We’re working on it”
    • Open discussion soon
  • Securing the Internet / Web
    • “Post-Snowden”
    • Lots of energy in IETF (https2)
  • HTTP 2.0
  • Get Involved!