Top Three Predictions for 2013 : Chromebooks, FirefoxOS and Opera with Turbo

The year 2012 has been a great year for browsers and open web standards. Let’s take a look on the top three trending products predicted for 2013: 

Chromebooks

We hope to see a sharp increase in the popularity of ChromeOS and Chromebooks. With exciting models like Acer C7 Chromebook for just $199, Samsung Chromebook for $249 and Samsung Chromebook 550 for $449, Chromebooks are giving tough competition to netbooks. Chromebooks offer faster browsing experience, free promotional Google Drive space (up to 100GB for 2 years), automatic backup and synchronization of data over multiple devices & platforms including Chrome on Windows, iOS and Android. These features make Chromebooks the best deal!

Latest Chrome APIs, like the Media Galleries APIs, and the cutting edge open standard technologies, like WebRTC, are reducing the gap between Chromebooks and the usual laptops.

FirefoxOS and Firefox Marketplace

In 2013, Mozilla will unveil first handset running on its ambitious mobile operating system, the FirefoxOS. At the Mobile World Congress 2012, Mozilla announced its partnership with Telefónica to deliver the ‘Open Web Devices’ powered by the open standard web technologies. This is going to be huge!

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Along with the FirefoxOS, Mozilla is also working on its ‘open’ app store, Firefox Marketplace, for distributing applications for FirefoxOS. The items available on the Firefox Marketplace would be compatible with other platforms as well.

Opera with Turbo for Android

Opera Software has plans to release a hybrid browser for Android. Opera’s CEO, Lars Boilesen, said in an interview to CNET, “We’d like to take (Opera) Mini and put it into (Opera) Mobile. We call it Opera with Turbo for Android. That is something we are looking forward to launch at the beginning of next year.”. The Opera with Turbo would be like Opera Mobile browser with automatic detection for slower networks. Whenever it detects slower internet connectivity, the Turbo mode would be turned-on automatically. With this strategy, Opera Software aims to attract Android users and regain its top position.

With the Opera with Turbo, Opera wants to combine the goodness of its both mobile browsers into a single product. Although the Turbo feature is already available in Opera Mobile, it is off by default and users need to turn-on it manually. When turned-on, Turbo mode uses server-side compression and optimizations for faster browsing experience. On the other hand, Opera Mini always uses the server-side compression and acts as a proxy browser.

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