Mozilla's Boot 2 Gecko mobile OS to show up first in Brazil

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.

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Mozilla isn't trying to compete against iOS/Android, they dont stand a chance, I think their marketing strategy will be aimed specifically at budget phones where it might not have the full power to run Android in a good user experience, hence they can use Gecko 2 Boots very optimised web based mobile OS. It's a good plan, it's not here to compete but fill a good market which I think could become useful as I'd rather have something that runs the necessities that gecko comes with, and there's not bulk.

I don't like the reliance we have on our data connections. I see this as being a big data user to do most things.

Not that I have issue with that, it's just Vodafone over here is an absolute joke.

As it seems, the future is in the Web and the HTML5+ technologies.. plus if you look at blackberry, it's dead, Android is getting messy, Windows Phone is doing good as well as iOS,
so basically the idea of an HTML5 based mobile OS is AWESOME!!!!!
And I want it right now

funkydude said,

Bet you'd think different if it was a Google product eh? xD


obviously... google product have wide reach than mozilla and Android didnt disappoint anyone in that aspect.. Facebook releasing a phone OS has high chance of being success since it has a huge user base.

still1 said,

obviously... google product have wide reach than mozilla and Android didnt disappoint anyone in that aspect.. Facebook releasing a phone OS has high chance of being success since it has a huge user base.

Oh you! I think we both know what I meant

You think Mozilla doesn't have a wide reach with Firefox?
Also, the companies popularity plays no part in how popular their product will be:
Google > Buzz
Microsoft > Bing
Apple > iMac

funkydude said,

Oh you! I think we both know what I meant

You think Mozilla doesn't have a wide reach with Firefox?
Also, the companies popularity plays no part in how popular their product will be:
Google > Buzz
Microsoft > Bing
Apple > iMac


Exactly
Google > Buzz
Microsoft > Bing
Apple > iMac
Mozilla > Boot 2 Gecko

Firefox has a good reach in firefox but that doesnt make people get interested in B2G.

Would you use Wp7 or B2G? :-\

still1 said,

obviously... google product have wide reach than mozilla and Android didnt disappoint anyone in that aspect.. Facebook releasing a phone OS has high chance of being success since it has a huge user base.

While you (might) be right they did pretty well with Firefox, did they not?

Toysoldier said,

While you (might) be right they did pretty well with Firefox, did they not?


thats why I said "I think" and not "It will" fail!!!

still1 said,

obviously... google product have wide reach than mozilla and Android didnt disappoint anyone in that aspect.. Facebook releasing a phone OS has high chance of being success since it has a huge user base.

Facebook can't even get a mobile app right, I can't imagine a whole OS from them lol

funkydude said,
Also, the companies popularity plays no part in how popular their product will be:
Apple > iMac

Except the iMac is in fact popular. The iMac has been dominating Amazon's desktop PC best seller top 10 for ages, along with the Mac mini. Just because not every single person has one doesn't automatically mean it's unpopular.

.Neo said,

Except the iMac is in fact popular. The iMac has been dominating Amazon's desktop PC best seller top 10 for ages, along with the Mac mini. Just because not every single person has one doesn't automatically mean it's unpopular.

So Windows Phone is popular because it's dominating Amazon's best seller? Please, the iMac isn't popular, the Apple laptop variations are.

shockz said,

Facebook can't even get a mobile app right, I can't imagine a whole OS from them lol

This! The Android app is a crashbucket and it's slow as hell even on wifi.. let alone 3G!!

funkydude said,
So Windows Phone is popular because it's dominating Amazon's best seller? Please, the iMac isn't popular, the Apple laptop variations are.

When going to Amazon.co.uk there isn't a single Windows Phone present in the top 10. Not even in the top 20. In the American store there's only one: Nokia Lumia 900. I can't walk into a street here without seeing an iMac somewhere in people's homes, stores or businesses. So yeah, I'd still say the iMac is a highly popular desktop these days. In western countries anyway. When it comes to Windows Phone the few ones I've seen out in the wild turned out to be Nokia's Lumia. By those accounts Amazon's most popular list seems to be pretty acurate.

warwagon said,
Just what we need, another mobile operating system!! yay!

Blackberry looks dead, and Android is becoming a mess with cost is keeping it alive. Long term is looks like iOS will continue to thrive and hopefully WP will grow with such a decent platform and money behind it.

Mozilla however being open source may inject something different, however it's more likely to be a bigger mess than Android....

Their open source browser works as it is delivered by Mozilla, so users get a good experience and updates (unless they choose to mess with it). In the mobile world the OS is delivered by the hardware manufacturer, and so will inevitably be messed with and subsequently not updated by the manufacturer. Which leads to long term user annoyances. Windows is also a great example of this, almost all the problems that come with new PCs come from hardware manufacturers.

Customisation isn't the problem, but it should be left to the user with a working product out the box.

Anthonyd said,

Yet another linux distro ... nothing really "new".

Hey! Leave all those linux distros alone! They are all we have to say in good conscious, "BitTorrent has many legitimate uses..."

lt8480 said,

Blackberry looks dead, and Android is becoming a mess with cost is keeping it alive. Long term is looks like iOS will continue to thrive and hopefully WP will grow with such a decent platform and money behind it.

Mozilla however being open source may inject something different, however it's more likely to be a bigger mess than Android....

Their open source browser works as it is delivered by Mozilla, so users get a good experience and updates (unless they choose to mess with it). In the mobile world the OS is delivered by the hardware manufacturer, and so will inevitably be messed with and subsequently not updated by the manufacturer. Which leads to long term user annoyances. Windows is also a great example of this, almost all the problems that come with new PCs come from hardware manufacturers.

Customisation isn't the problem, but it should be left to the user with a working product out the box.

And my lg optimis just got gingerbread while others are getting ics... Sprint took a long time and actually failed w the fist attempt...

warwagon said,
Just what we need, another mobile operating system!! yay!

I'll tell you what I've told everyone else who've said this: Neowin forgot to mention that it's not just a mobile OS, it's a cloud mobile OS. Think about it, why should you need a mobile OS like Android, iOS, &, WP7, AND a cloud OS, like Chrome OS & Joli OS, when you can have both in 1? Personally, I've been waiting for Boot 2 Gecko to get somewhere for a LONG time now...

Anthonyd said,

Yet another linux distro ... nothing really "new".

That's what Symbian's head guy said just before Android destroyed it.