It looks like Mozilla isn’t the only company that is working on a new mobile operating system as it looks Intel may be in the process of creating its own mobile OS.
A number of screenshots of what looks to be Intel’s UI overlay, codenamed “Obsidian,” has made their way to Ars Technica as they were given an early look of the Obsidian UI. Obsidian looks to be Intel’s vision for the Tizen OS as well as possibly being an overlay for future Android devices. Judging by the released screenshots, it looks like flat may be the hot new mobile trend of the season as not only do we expect Apple to create a more flat-looking iOS 7, but Intel’s Obsidian UI also looks to be adopting the flat look.
One of the more interesting features of Intel’s Obsidian is how it opens applications, which when a user clicks on an app, they will be met with something that looks like a widget that allows them to perform basic functions. This would allow the user to have some access to the application without needing to open it entirely. We could definitely see this becoming useful for a handful of apps, such as being able to post a message on a social network without needing to open the app entirely.