Mozilla’s Mobile OS

by Richard H
Mozilla is demoing their mobile operating system Boot to Gecko at Mobile World Congress. Boot to Gecko or “B2G” is to focus on providing open HTML5 web-based applications. Mozilla has already received support of telecommunication companies like Telefonica, Qualcomm, and Deutsche Telekom as well as support from Adobe. Mozilla phones will also come into market at 1/10th of the price of current market smart phones. Mozilla will also run a marketplace where apps can be purchased.

I think that this is a good move for Mozilla and smart phones in general. Because most phones are already almost always connected to the web, a mobile platform focused on only web based application makes sense. Smart phones built in this manner will lose much of the functionality and features of mobile devices that offer their own platform like Android and iPhone , but they can be offered at such a lower price by using less processing power. I believe  that the lower cost of the phone factored in with possibly a much longer battery life and a sufficient amount of good apps will be one of Mozilla’s more successful endeavors.

I really like the idea of a phone that carries just the bare minimum in processing power and relies on the web and server side processing power to offer a good user experience. Smart phones can be slicker, cheaper, and finally last longer than a day. As wireless connectivity and speeds improve, we may see many companies moving over to this type of phone model.

Albanesius, C. (2012, February 28). Mozilla Tacklets Walled Gardens, Demos ‘Boot to Geck’ Mobile OS. PC Mag.

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5 thoughts on “Mozilla’s Mobile OS”

  1. While it is true that this upcoming device might have a longer battery life, but I would not take that over processing power. You might just end up saying, why is my phone so slow, more often with its small processing powers. Writing apps for this new platform will be a fun thing to do since it will be mostly in HTML5, and one can take advantage of all of its features, except now on a mobile platform.

  2. I have been testing a Galaxy SII with B2G and so far I am enjoying it. I have yet to find an excuse to get another rom. B2G has a unique UI that goes well with the Galaxy SII T989. I have tested several roms and by far B2G has been my favorite.

  3. it sounds like mozilla is on to something but i dont see us moving away from wqanting good procesing power. as phones are able to do more and more, we are going to want and need the capabilities of dual core, and if not for the capabilities the for the bragging rights. you know we cannot beat the urge to show boat, but its good that someone is trying to work on the current issue of making a platform that does not draw too heavily on internal resources.

  4. Wow. Finally Mozilla jumps on the ball. I'm wondering what took them so long. The browser called Opera, a smaller unknown browser even has a mobile browser. Mozilla phones sounds interesting as well. But will they be able to compete with Droid and iPhone? We will see….

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