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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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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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 !

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

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.

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