The Mozilla Foundation is working with the voice-controlled web browser ‘Scout’
You can ask the browser to open a website or read an article. It is not known which AI assistant will use “Scout” to execute voice commands.
The Mozilla Foundation, the developer of Firefox, is working on a voice-controlled web browser called Scout, which, as described, will be powered by voice instead of a keyboard, mouse or touch-screen tap. Information about the project has been published in an agenda item for an all-hands meeting held this week in San Francisco.
“Through the Scout app, we start browsing and exploring content with voice,” said Mozilla. This means that if you ask the browser to open a website or read an article on any subject, it will follow your commands immediately.
Mozilla said the development was an “early stage project” but did not elaborate. “We use our internal All Hands Conference to bring together so that we can plan and build for the future. We look forward to discussing these developments in public as we develop these efforts,” Mozilla said.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has proven to be an important cog in the development of voice-controlled electronic devices. Amazon has improved on the way people talk like Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.
It is not yet clear which of the four services will use Scout or create a new AI for the Mozilla voice function. Apparently Mozilla wants to compete with Google Chrome which in May 2018 had 58 percent of the global browser market share. According to analytics firm StatCounter, Apple’s Safari holds just over 13.78 percent, UC Browser’s 8.16 percent, Firefox’s 5.27 percent, Opera’s (3.68 percent) and Internet Explorer with 3.08 percent.