Firefox OS officially announced

News Stacy Warden 16:20, Jul 02 2012

Sprint will support Mozilla's newly-announced mobile operating system

We’ve known for a while that Mozilla had an HTML5-based operating system in the works, but official details were announced Monday. Dubbed Firefox OS, supporters of the project will so far include seven mobile carriers: Sprint, Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telenor. Each company will endorse Mozilla’s open operating system while it makes its way into the smartphone market.

Firefox OS will use Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko project as its foundation, which allows HTML5 applications to access a phone’s underlying capabilities. In a company statement, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said:

"The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use. The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”

Mozilla’s new Web-based OS should allow developers to more easily create mobile apps using HTML 5 on top of a Linux-based operating system. To put it into perspective, both Apple and Google currently limit developers in this aspect, making it difficult for them to alter their operating system code.

Telefonica’s Vivo in Brazil will be the first to launch the Firefox OS devices sometime in 2013.

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