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Firefox Operating Systems Handhelds Mozilla Hardware

Mozilla OS Looking Grown Up On Its Own Developer Phone 114

Posted by timothy
from the fox-in-your-pocket dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It's no secret that Mozilla has been working on a mobile OS. Previously codenamed Boot2Gecko, the project focused on a purely HTML5 based system that worked in many ways like current mobile devices. As the project grew into Mozilla OS, the company has laid out a partnership with ZTE that will have real world devices in certain markets early next year. Testing for this OS had previously consisted of a compiled ROM that would be flashed over a handful of Android devices. Now, Mozilla has moved into full fledged product evaluation mode with their own custom developer phone."
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Mozilla OS Looking Grown Up On Its Own Developer Phone

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  • nice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gedw99 (1597337) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @05:55AM (#41419881)

    i have been running this on my laptop for curiousity value.

    it works very well, and writing new applications for it is very very easy because its just all web development with html, jsand css.
    makes it very quick and easy.

    also webgl works. Unlike Iphone and android.

    i actually think that this will be big, but take time for people to appreciate it.
    for companies and startups its hell getting android and iphone apps out, but with this is easy peasy.
    the main thing will be that cordova (phone gap) support it, so that people can write in web technologies and still deploy to android, iphone and firefox os easily

  • by goombah99 (560566) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @05:56AM (#41419883)

    So if everyting is HTML5 then presumably this is going to be like WebOS or apple's Dashboard apps? Didn't Facebook recently retreat from HTML5 to native? Then there's the grim history of javas early promise of write once run everywhere. Has HTML5 grown up so much that it can finally pull it off? or is this more than HTML5

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22, 2012 @05:56AM (#41419885)

    From what I've read of B2G/Mozilla OS is that it will be lightweight and be able to run on cheap low-end phones. If it can deliver a smooth, slick interface and/or longer battery life on cheap phones better than equivalent android phones then it could well take market share. The way way we will find out is when they start shipping.

  • by gl4ss (559668) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @06:01AM (#41419893) Homepage Journal

    So if everyting is HTML5 then presumably this is going to be like WebOS or apple's Dashboard apps? Didn't Facebook recently retreat from HTML5 to native? Then there's the grim history of javas early promise of write once run everywhere. Has HTML5 grown up so much that it can finally pull it off? or is this more than HTML5

    nokia scaled back a lot of their webruntime promo too(but on there, the interest from developers was mostly to sidestep binaries signing/certification).

    has html5 finally grown up so much? no, it hasn't. not even on desktop. basically they'll have to invent a bunch of extra api's to match even half of native stuff even on windows phone 7 not to mention craploads to match android.

    just imagine writing a spotify client in pure javascript/html5.

  • Re:Browser Based OS (Score:4, Interesting)

    by cmdr_tofu (826352) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @07:04AM (#41420059) Homepage

    Yeah but you cannot review the code that lives on providers cloud of webservers. For instance althouhg you can view the source to google mail's html and javascript in your browser (and even muck with it using the right ff plugins), there is not any practical way for you to deploy your own gmail on your own server.

    A lot of webaps are open source, but if you dont even control the application when its runnign in. I don't know if I have a side, but there is a big shift. For instance with Microsoft office, Microsoft cannot "track you" using their software. Of course I like OpenOffice more than Microsoft, and even though GoogleApps makes collaboration over the Internet a lot easier, it does mean google can track everyone who is using their software. This is definitely something new and a different kind of evil that Microsoft probably never thought of in the early days of poor connectivity.

    An open source alternative to googleApps that anyone can deploy on their own PlugPC (or other device) server could allow us to transition to web-based apps and protect against being ruled by vendors. I kind of see free software as inevitably becoming better than proprietary software over time.

  • Re:No market (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22, 2012 @09:28AM (#41420721)

    You should checkout the fully 3D HTML/JS FPS
    https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/demos/detail/bananabread

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