Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mozilla plans to release mobile OS to face Chrome Competition

I had explained about "Browser Wars" in my previous post, and I had mentioned that Google Chrome is going to win the battle in near future.

It seems Mozilla is getting ready to face the tough competition from the Google Chrome.

Mozilla has announced preliminary plans  to take the Gecko engine that drives its Firefox browser and turn it into an open-source operating system that will eventually work on phones and tablets.

This new project of Mozilla will be called as   "Boot to Gecko" (B2G), and it will focus on below things.

* New web APIs: build prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities to content (Telephony, SMS, Camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.)
* Privilege model: making sure that these new capabilities are safely exposed to pages and applications
* Booting: prototype a low-level substrate for an Android-compatible device;
* Applications: choose and port or build apps to prove out and prioritize the power of the system.

And, Mozilla has planned to keep the source open. Unlike Google Android, it will release the source in real-time.
We will do this work in the open, we will release the source in real-time, we will take all successful additions to an appropriate standards group, and we will track changes that come out of that process. We aren't trying to have these native-grade apps just run on Firefox, we're trying to have them run on the web.
The mobile phone usage is getting increased globally and the difference between the Browser and OS is becoming narrow. So, the "Browser Wars" is getting diverted into the Mobile OS war. Already Google Android, Apple IOS and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 (WP7) are in competition. Now, Mozilla "B2G" in will be entering into this Mobile OS War.

Recently Microsoft had announced   that its latest Windows Phone mobile operating system, code-named "Mango," was officially finalized and released for manufacturing.

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