Firefox OS

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Here’s a little story about the upcoming Firefox OS, another entry into the mobile OS market.

Some remarkable parts: 

told PCMag at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), Firefox OS is intended to do away with the “walled garden” approach of today’s modern mobile operating systems, like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

So in this ecosystem crapware will be fully available? Good luck with that.

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.

It’s undefined what an HTML5 “app” exactly looks like in this universe. Is there a concept of locally installed apps?  

How do apps on the phone function when the network isn’t there? 

Do developers have the ability to create and use their own native (C?) libs for games and such?

Is there a central store or payment system?

These will be important questions on the minds of developers.

Still, this feels like iPhone 1.0 #fail which of course only allowed Apple native apps and links to 3rd party web pages for “apps”. We all know how quick Apple moved to fix that.

 Matthew Key, chairman and CEO of Telefónica Digital, said this lower price point is “crucial” for deploying in emerging markets.

It does make you wonder if such a phone will be available in markets like the US. 

Here’s a firefox blog post worth reading. 

Here’s a link to the project page.

  1. I’m happy to see other solutions, specially in an enviroment is mostly involved with closed source software (in my pov Android is not really open source here). The quesions is now if they will really get it right with HTML5 based applications, as this is something that everybody is looking forward to have and support, but nobody got it right still. Looking forward to see what will happen here.

    • tgallfoo says:

      I completely agree. I’m certainly glad to see the entry of Firefox OS into the market and do wish them the best. Related, had you seen the formation of Jolla? This is the new company of former Nokia engineers founded to try and do some great things with Meego.

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