Mobile phones running an operating system developed by makers of the Firefox web browser will go on sale in late 2012.
The first handsets running Mozilla's "Boot to Gecko" (B2G) software will be available in Brazil on Telefonica Vivo's mobile network.
7:10 pm on Apr 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I would be interested. I like my Android yet hate the fact that it is affiliated with Google.
11:35 am on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
I think there's a need for a truly 'open' OS, and this may be the one that makes all the differnece.
2:29 am on Apr 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
I agree there is a need for an alternative to the 'walled gardens' I phones & Androids operate in but gaining acceptance for a new mobile operating system would be nearly impossible. Look at Microsoft floundering in their efforts re-establish a foothold.
3:03 pm on Apr 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
Android doesn't really have a 'Walled garden@. if there is an app you can install it from any source.
I think Mozilla may be a little late to the party with this one.
Announced in July 2011, B2G aims to be an open rival to Google's Android.
Android already is open source. You can run a phone with a totally vanilla Android stack and have no Google input whatsoever. Why Mozilla feel the need to invent what already exists is a bit beyond me.
1:11 pm on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)
"Android doesn't really have a 'Walled garden@. if there is an app you can install it from any source."
Although it wasn't a phone I tried in vain to install my own (co-produced)app onto a (Pandigital) Android tablet from several sources.
The installer said something to the effect 'there is no phone number registered to this device'. (The programmer assured there was a method but I never got it to work)
Maybe things have changed and I haven't tried lately because the device broke.
I'm about to discontinue support for the app even though it has had 10k-50k downloads because I cant figure out a way to make any money on it.
7:45 pm on May 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
So people had webOS by Palm which was superior to Android and more user friendly than iOS and people are actually talking about getting an open source alternative to Android?
I don't get people. webOS is open, was easy to change. It's now open source, has actually been tested on real tablets and phones since 2009, has apps developed for it, runs Linux, is based on Web technologies and people still think that Firefox OS which is still vaporware is something to consider? I mean people who want an alternative open OS now just have to go on Ebay and get an unlocked webOS phone for about $200 if they so desperately want to move from Google, Apple and Microsoft.