Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko is definitely one of the more ambitious projects we’ve heard about in recent memory, attempting to create a whole new smartphone platform centered on web-based applications. That would be a massive undertaking for a company already thoroughly invested in smartphones, so hearing about these plans from an organization like Mozilla, which had only been tangentially interested in smartphones through its mobile releases of Firefox, is especially surprising. To its credit, Mozilla seems to have come up with a good, flexible framework for its operating system, but it’s ultimately going to come down to support from device manufacturers and app developers as to whether or not the platform succeeds. Mozilla recently shared some details about just how Boot to Gecko will launch, and when we might see that happen.
Brazil will be the first country to see the availability of Boot to Gecko devices. Right now, the best available ETA puts their initial release sometime around the end of this year or early next year.
Perhaps the most interesting note about how these first B2G models will arrive concerns their pricing; they could be priced to be competitive against feature phones, not just other smartphones. If that’s the case, we’re probably looking at some quite low-end hardware, but we could always see higher-end gear as the platform spreads to other markets.