Mozilla “Boot to Gecko” Project Envisions Web-Based App Platform

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Now that Symbian’s days are numbered, RIM is struggling to recover ground with BlackBerry, and webOS continues to search for its audience, we’re starting to look at a future where we could really end up in a world with only Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 smartphones to choose from. Some of you may applaud such a development, while others would miss the decline in smartphone diversity. That’s just thinking about current mobile operating systems, though; what about future ones becoming new players? One group that could rise to take a share of the smartphone market is Mozilla, which has revealed plans to craft a mobile web-based OS built around Firefox.

Mozilla calls this initiative Boot to Gecko – the engine used by Firefox. The idea is to have a mobile OS where nearly everything runs as a web app, written-up in HTML5. To do this, Mozilla would take a very basic platform based on Android (but stripping parts of it out) and give developers access to the APIs they’d need to create full-featured web apps that rival those of current systems.

B2G is just starting to come together as a project, so it’s hard to tell if this will end up something worth getting excited over. The whole thing sounds very much like a smartphone version of Chrome OS. That could end up quite powerful, but will it draw users away from the platforms they’re already familiar with?

Source: Mozilla

Via: Androinica

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!