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Boxee going WebKit, HTML5

9 September 2010 1,168 views No Comment

Add Boxee to the list of high-profile developers that have made or are making the switch to Webkit. What’s the attraction of Apple’s open-source browser and which competing engine is being left behind? It’s all about performance and standards compliance.

GigaOM managed some time with Boxee lead developer and evangelist Rob Spectre who brings the news that the browser engine built into this company’s video content delivery software is being changed from Mozilla’s Gecko to Webkit.

“The web browsing experience is going to be dramatically improved,” said Spectre, who added that HTML5 is the attraction as it will allow Boxee to include a wider array of web-based video content.
Webkit is the browser engine used in Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome, which dominate the mobile internet and are taking a growing share of desktop market, as well.

“It absolutely should be the future for the browsers you use on your TV,” he summed up.

Google TV will also use that company’s Webkit variant and will be rolling out over the next few months.

Webkit will feature in Boxee’s 1.0 release. The current shipping beta is v0.9.22.

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