Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko to be officially called ‘Firefox OS’
ZTE and Alcatel will be the first companies to release handsets powered by Mozilla’s Firefox Mobile OS, which was previously known as Boot 2 Gecko
‘The operating system,’ says Mozilla, ‘will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device’s capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications.’
ZTE and Alcatel are the first manufacturers to be officially linked with Firefox Mobile OS and will launch smartphones, based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, in Brazil during the first quarter of 2013, Mozilla confirmed.
Firefox Mobile OS is backed by some of the telecommunication industry’s biggest players, including: Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor.
‘The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko project which unlocks many of the current limitations of web development on mobile, allowing HTML5 applications to access the underlying capabilities of a phone, previously only available to native applications,’ added Mozilla.
Eich and Gal discussed their ‘issues’ with Android, what Boot to Gecko – now, of course, known as Firefox Mobile OS – means for the mobile space and, most importantly, how it will enable smartphone-like functionality at a fraction of the current cost currently associated with mid-range devices.
‘The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,’ said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla
He added: ‘the large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.’
Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica Digital commented:
‘Firefox OS will deliver a higher performance than current low cost smartphones can achieve, enabling more people to benefit from a better experience. This is crucial for us to accelerate the adoption of smartphones in developing markets. The breadth of support for this initiative across the industry makes it clear that there is an opportunity in the market for a new, open mobile ecosystem.’
We’ve asked Mozilla for additional details on its plans for Firefox Mobile OS in the UK.