Mozilla Developers Testing Mobile OS

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News Posted: Sat, Nov 5 2011 10:11 PM
Mozilla has been experimenting with an interesting idea called Boot 2 Gecko. Essentially, B2G (as it’s called) is a mobile operating system based on the Web, as opposed to what the project’s wiki calls “proprietary, single-vendor stacks”. Mozilla has something there--open Web technologies indeed increasingly provide an intriguing platform for lots of things, mobile and otherwise.

The developers on the B2G project are looking at the following areas:
  • New web APIs: build prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities to content (Telephony, SMS, Camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.)
  • Privilege model: making sure that these new capabilities are safely exposed to pages and applications
  • Booting: prototype a low-level substrate for an Android-compatible device
  • Applications: choose and port or build apps to prove out and prioritize the power of the system
The B2G project is still pretty new, but according to the project roadmap, testing has already begun and will continue through the rest of 2011. Messaging, telephony, and battery aspects of the OS are underway, and contacts, screen/power management, and settings are either on track or scheduled. Testing for more features is in the offing.

B2G Interface Mock-ups

As the end of 2011 quickly approaches (Thanksgiving is in two and half weeks away, people!), a more exciting milestone for the B2G project looms: a product demo, scheduled for sometime in the first quarter of 2012. We may see an actual product as early as the second quarter of 2012.

Mark your calendars, friends; we may be seeing a viable new player in the mobile OS market soon.
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rapid1 replied on Sun, Nov 6 2011 10:50 AM

I don't know for Android I have been using Opera mobile and it is great, it also has some pretty cool mobile features as well.

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theloz replied on Sun, Nov 6 2011 11:50 AM

Yes because the world needs another mobile OS.

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Lucid00 replied on Sun, Nov 6 2011 10:50 PM

@theloz

I'm not so sure that the web counts as another mobile OS (as the end goal is just to give the web more power).

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But this isn't 'another OS'. This is will finally erase the 'mobile ghetto' that ALL web sites are in for mobile phones. You'll finally be able to have web pages that can act/feel like first class citizens on a mobile phone. This is, as Ron Burgundy would say, 'is kind of a big deal'....

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