Mozilla announces the name of its mobile operating system called Firefox OS which is made with ¨Boot to Gecko Project¨ a mobile operating system would be driven web standards, announced almost a year ago. Google’s operating system based on the Chrome web browser is already available in the market, but Chrome OS is designed for laptop and desktop computers, while Firefox OS is designed for smartphones.
Now, for example applications built on HTML 5 will have access to phone features, which the current mobile operating systems did not allow. There are already several companies who are giving their support to Firefox OS , mostly European among them are: Telefonica , Sprint (USA), Telenor, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart and Telecom Italia.
The Firefox OS for mobile phones is built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko project” which unlocks most of the current limitations of web development on mobile, allowing HTML5 applications to get into the actual capabilities of a phone, previously only accessible to native applications. Telefónica’s Digital unit joined forces with Mozilla earlier this year to take this work and showcase a new phone architecture where every phone feature (calling, messaging, games, etc.) is an HTML5 application.
Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla said “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, The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”
The first brands to use this operating system are: TCL Communication Technology (Alcatel) and ZTE, as far as is known. Phones with Firefox OS processors will Snapdragon from Qualcomm and will be optimized for smartphones from a range of low price.
The first country to see this Firefox OS is in Brazil in 2013 under the company LIVE which was acquired by Telefónica.