Mozilla, long the champion of modern web technologies in extremely modern use cases, has taken its nerd game to the next level. In partnership with Mozilla, realtime 3D rendering company Otoy has just unveiled ORBX.js.
So, hypothetically, you could run a full version of Photoshop on a Kindle Fire. Or Autodesk 3ds Max on an iPhone.
No plugins are required, and no native code extensions are needed. The apps can run in any modern browser, including the more recent builds of Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer.
Mozilla has for a long time now been a strong advocate for the mobile web in an ongoing battle between idealists and big thinkers and those who demand performance and distribution in the here-and-now.
In a previous in-person chat, Eich talked about and demonstrated on the new Firefox OS how important the mobile web will be for new operating systems and future ways of thinking about mobile computing.
“We will close this gap with the native stack,” he said. “We do expect that with a little bit of effort, the web can continue to evolve into what we call the third ecosystem — after Apple and Android — for mobile.”
And better technologies for rendering better software in mobile browsers are just one more step in the right direction.