Boot to Gecko renamed Firefox OS, first handsets arriving in 2013

By on July 2, 2012, 2:30 PM

Mozilla is moving ahead with its mobile ambitions, announcing today that it is renaming Boot to Gecko as Firefox OS, while touting support from major carriers worldwide as well as a couple of device manufacturers.

Mozilla’s mobile operating system is entirely open source and its interface is built with HTML5 and CSS web standards, making it extremely customizable. It was recently shown off with a proof of concept interface running on a Samsung Galaxy S II, with Mozilla highlighting its responsiveness to touch input, a 3D graphics demo, a full SMS client and on-screen keyboard, and a store for various web apps.

The first Firefox OS-powered devices will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and are expected to launch in Brazil in early 2013 through Telefonica’s Vivo brand of entry level handsets. TCL Communication Technology and ZTE were revealed as the first manufacturing partners, with operators like Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, and Telenor all committed to offering Firefox OS devices.

Mozilla is hoping to change how developers today must re-write their apps to run on the various closed mobile-phone platforms available, with apps that can run in a browser but still look and feel like a native app with access to underlying phone capabilities like calling, messaging and games.

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Guest said:

Wow, how incredibly lame - you need a magnifying glass to actually be able to navigate through the menus and everything is so sluggish on one of the most powerful handsets in existence ... One can only wonder how pathetic it's going to be on cheaper phones with smaller screens and weaker CPU ...

Guest said:

^Clearly you didn't listen to the video. It says the OS is still in development, and not the final product.

Guest said:


ur obviously suffering from some sort of deficiency,.. as pointed out by guest2,

how responsive do u think Android was during development stage & IOS for that matter?,..

now after many years and revisions later of development, u have these two mobile phone platforms which have become decent and responsive and still improved upon to date.

given time this competitor may very well one day become a rival to these two OS's (Android & IOS)

please in the future refrain from being so narrow minded

ZED ;)

Alex Zz Alex Zz said:

Great for cross plaform coding

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