Mozilla announced a few months ago its plans to launch Boot 2 Gecko, its open-source based mobile operating system. Mozilla demoed Boot 2 Gecko at the Mobile World Congress back in February. Today, Engadget reports (via ZTop) that mobile operator Telefonica in Brazil will be the first place in the world where you can actually purchase a smartphone with Boot 2 Gecko on board.
The first Boot 2 Gecko phones are scheduled to go on sale sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. No hardware manufacturers have been revealed that will support the mobile OS. However, Pablo Larrieux, the chief innovation officer of Telefonica Vivo, indicated that the phones will ship unlocked and a low price tag too.
There's no word yet on when or even if any Boot 2 Gecko smartphones will make their way to the US. As with Mozilla's Firefox web browser, Boot 2 Gecko is an open-source project with public code available to check out right now.
It will be interesting to see if Boot 2 Gecko can make a dent in the smartphone business, especially since we already have iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry all trying to gain market share.