Firefox mobile OS breaks cover, coming in 2013

Mozilla, the creators of Firefox, are about to enter a crowded marketplace with a new mobile OS. The OS is based on Linux and Gecko and contains everything you would expect from a modern day platform.

Mozilla claims that the OS will be lighter and faster than what is on the market today and that it will be more open than Android. You can take a look at the screen shots below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Mozilla is entering a tough market with Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Blackberry and others who are currently fighting for their share of the pie. Seeing as Microsoft, Google and Apple all pour billions of dollars in to their mobile OS, Mozilla will have to find a creative way to attract developers and users to their platform.

Firefox OS is set to hit the market in 2013 in Latin America and could spread beyond that to Europe in the near future. 

Seeing as this is a new OS in a very crowded marketplace, we hope the best for Mozilla but knowing that the juggernauts in the industry are also fighting fiercely for market share, Mozilla has its work cut out.  You can find more images here.

Source: techweekeurope.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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There's only so many way to design a mobile OS without copying another idea. Many things that were created back in the day were from other people's idea's. Like barb wire, the idea was taken from a farmer who would hammer two nails diagonally to keep cattle off the fence, so two guys came up with barb wire, and other people came up with 3 spike barb wire, then 4 spike barb wire.

Anthonyd said,
Dear Mozilla, gives Thunderbird life again instead of doing that useless OS that nobody will use.

Uhm... okay? The last update sounded quite solid on paper...

GS:mac

UI is just superficial part of the OS , and it can be changed within an hour , the main thing is the HTML5 APIs and open APIs they are using !

Most interesting thing about the Firefox OS IMO is that the UI and apps are all HTML based. It's like WebOS has come back from the dead.

SharpGreen said,
Most interesting thing about the Firefox OS IMO is that the UI and apps are all HTML based. It's like WebOS has come back from the dead.

Meh, not so in favor of it.

GS:mac

Looks nice and I wish them the best. More competition is always better. More openness is better also.

Here's to hoping it performs better than their browser...

KCRic said,
Looks nice and I wish them the best. More competition is always better. More openness is better also.

Here's to hoping it performs better than their browser...


Guess you'll be disappointed then as it IS their browser.

SharpGreen said,

Guess you'll be disappointed then as it IS their browser.
Are they going to release rapid updates that totally change the version number effectively braking everything on the phone too?

I loved Firefox, then they went crazy. Now their trying but they really need to rethink a lot of things. When IE is beating you in terms of page rendering times and actual time to load the browser, it's time for an overhaul.

Again, I hope for the best and I'm glad to see competition. I just hope they do it right and don't go 'Firefox' on us with updates and slow downs.

It looks pretty much like half Android and half iOS. If Mozilla really want to compete they will have to offer something different, not just a rehashed version of something we already have

Javik said,
It looks pretty much like half Android and half iOS. If Mozilla really want to compete they will have to offer something different, not just a rehashed version of something we already have

Correction. It looks like Android v2.3 and iOS.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,
It lacks an ecosystem. I like Android and iOS because of their ecosystem. Microsoft is missing Books from their ecosystem.

NightCrawlerInfinity said,

Why not?

Well, their limited resources and manpower would be two good reasons... Essentially they are putting projects like Thunderbird on the back burner (Assuming they aren't canceled entirely) to free up resources so that they can release an OS in a market that they likely will never get much penetration in? I love Mozilla and I wish the best for them, but this is really a silly thing for them to get into.

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, their limited resources and manpower would be two good reasons... Essentially they are putting projects like Thunderbird on the back burner (Assuming they aren't canceled entirely) to free up resources so that they can release an OS in a market that they likely will never get much penetration in? I love Mozilla and I wish the best for them, but this is really a silly thing for them to get into.


I said the same thing about Microsoft and Windows Phone but plenty of people disagree with me. How many years has Microsoft wasted on Mobile? Should they pull out and focus on their real sellers?

Manish said,
Bug: Angry Birds and Evernote icons have swapped places in the notifications

I'd be willing to bet that these screenshots aren't actually screenshots and were just done by someone in photoshop.

itsthenewDC said,
Is Latin America really the best starting place for something you want to get up and going, or is there something I'm missing?

South America is booming right now, it along with asia is where all the growth is, its a great place to launch.

itsthenewDC said,
Is Latin America really the best starting place for something you want to get up and going, or is there something I'm missing?

Well latin america starts from Mexico to ending in Chile/Argentina , so I think is a great place to start.

wasd- said,
it tells you the company from the incoming call?

I guess it gets the info from the contact's details (if company info has been added).

Brando212 said,
from those screen shots it just looks like an iOS theme right now
The first two (pin unlock screen, apps drawer) I would agree, as well with the app icons. They scream iOS.
Notifications, Phone Call, Dialer... not sure. I know the dialer is completley different and has six square buttons on the screen... but having not used an iPhone I'm not a good judge.

cybertimber2008 said,
The first two (pin unlock screen, apps drawer) I would agree, as well with the app icons. They scream iOS.
Notifications, Phone Call, Dialer... not sure. I know the dialer is completley different and has six square buttons on the screen... but having not used an iPhone I'm not a good judge.

This is the current iOS dialer:

http://cdn2.iphone4jailbreak.o...uploads/iphone-4-dialer.jpg

Of course there's not a whole lot you can do with a phone dialer, but the only major difference is the location of the backspace key. It's even the same backspace icon, just in a different location.

Dark-Side said,
Apple lawsuit is pretty close to be announced

No doubt from the ability to take a picture from the lock screen!

Dark-Side said,
Apple lawsuit is pretty close to be announced

Yeah, I really don't think this is a wise venture for Mozilla... I really don't even get it...

Dark-Side said,
Apple lawsuit is pretty close to be announced

I think that is very unlikely. Firstly because this product is very far-off, and in developmental stage.

Secondly, they do not look like a threat (especially when they are loosing a lot of market share to other browsers, and closing down products).

And thirdly, they are a non-profit. It would bring a very strong backlash, if any corporation went after them.

FMH said,

I think that is very unlikely. Firstly because this product is very far-off, and in developmental stage.

Secondly, they do not look like a threat (especially when they are loosing a lot of market share to other browsers, and closing down products).

And thirdly, they are a non-profit. It would bring a very strong backlash, if any corporation went after them.

1st It's not far off, it's damn close to it.
Look at some icons that are just 1:1 copies, or the status bar. The ef did they think?

2nd Threat or not, they will hunt it down.

3rd They might be non-profit, but they also sued the school boy who sold iPhone 4 white backplates before Apple introduced the white iPhoen 4, why? Not because it was their pleasure, it gave them bad press, but the reason is, if you don't protect your IP, you lose the protective rights
Now, of course they warned the guy beforehand, but that's at least what they'll do with Mozilla. Warn them. If they don't license it or come to another agreement that would hold up their IP rights, they'd lose them.

Apple does not ALL the time hunt people for their IP just because they wish.
Letting stuff slide isn't exactly liked in this system.

Now that's not to say they don't secure rights to stuff that's absolutely generic, but that's another topic.

GS:mac