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Mozilla Working On Their Own Mobile OS To Make Life Easier, With A Little Help From Android

Mozilla has officially started on their newest venture called Boot to Gecko, a “complete, standalone operating system for the open Web.” They’re diving into the project with all the best intentions, looking for uniformity in application development and to streamline the complete experience provided to users. No more “fragmentation” across different devices. What works on your laptop, would work seamlessly on your mobile phone, tablet, etc.

They will be using the Gecko engine which shall now be completely open source, and all work moving forward shall be updated in real-time for further development. Looks like no double standard will be coming from the workers at Mozilla who will in fact be using Google’s Android kernels, and boot drivers to initially power a device running the mobile OS. Mozilla has said that they want to take as little from Android as possible though. So this is not an OS based on Android, but merely Android is helping get this project off the ground, so in later days, it can stand on it’s own.

This will in turn rival Google’s Chrome OS which has been so far limited to their line of netbooks. I have had no issue while being able to play Angry Birds or Plants Vs. Zombies at my work station using Chrome, so imagine that, but with all applications you currently have. Will people even need to leave their houses? Some time ago, a video was released by Mozilla showing a concept of not only a device, but possibly of the future.

Will we welcome the next mobile OS as friendly competition, or is Mozilla being naive in thinking they can compete with Google at their own game? Let us know.


Source: Mozilla, PC World

  • Adam Elghor

    this will most likely come out before the bionic…..

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  • Dubius

    That video is like 2 years old….

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  • gorexinxfx

    Android on the phone, but Windows on the projector?

  • ak

    @ 1:08, I’m pretty sure that looks like W7

  • Just use Chome OS, it’s better.

    • Like, if they were going to keep the Android base, this would be cool. The concepts are cool-looking. But we don’t need another platform, and there’s no need for two competing open source platforms, there’s just no real reason for it.

      • KevinC

        “there’s no need for two competing open source platforms, there’s just no real reason for it.”

        that just shows how naive and technologically retarded you are.

        • KevParlee

          Wow… your a real hater man… go troll some other forums after you move out of your parents basement…

  • Djsquid10

    This video is about 2 years old i saw it a long time ago.  

  • Sjm614

    Android should have a computer operating system!!!

    • KevParlee

      They do. Chrome OS. so far its pretty lame in my opinion. id rather just go witha a tablet and bluetooth keyboard

      • KevinC

        um no.  chrome os is not the same as android.  think before you spit nonsense.

        • KevParlee

          Excuse me… “Google” has its own os…(Parent company of Android)

    • Cowcowsm

      They have an android game console now so I’m sure computers aren’t too far fetched.

  • Pantherdagger

    I say hell yes lets see what Mozilla got up their sleeves. If they design a mobile O.S. lets see what they can do for my home P.C. cause Windows sucks

  • Tanner Matthew49

    coolest phone concept yet!

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  • Christian

    If that phone were real, its battery life would be even worse than the Thunderbolt’s 😛

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  • TheCastleGuard

    Checked out the project website and blog at the end of the video.  Sadly it looks like it was conceptualized in 2009 and the blog was only updated once in 2010…….. Don’t hold your breath.  

  • Memphis1967

    I’m sold on that phone’s hardware alone.  where do i send money?

  • Larry Mao

    So, given Firefox as it currently stands, the OS will be bloated, slow but wholly customizable? Or will they try to model it after the mobile Firefox version on the market, which is slow, buggy, bloated, and missing key features such as Flash compatibility? Either way, it sounds like a winner! [sarcasm off]

    • KevinC

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  • now that is the next generation device

  • Stelv81

    Firefox should try a different approach of not tying the phone to a phone carrier. But partner with a internet service provider like time warner and just offer voice calls over internet. One could just get a monthly 3g-4g data plan from Time Warner and it cover all their texting, data, voice, etc via isp. They could even parter with skype. I had a psp when it first came out and I used skype to make phone calls every once in a while, carrier free.

    BTW I love the projector idea. I was wondering when someone was going to bring this idea back.

    • ^THIS

    • Anonymous

      skype? we have Google Voice, and I totally agree with you

  • Van Hicks, Jr

    Would be cooler if it was Google ChromeOS! 😛

  • Anonymous

    Well judging how long Mozilla has a browser for android and is completely sluggish on Droid x and moto Droid 3 I just don’t about a OS.

    • Anonymous

      Try out FF 6 Beta on the D3. It runs well on my T-Bolt. It’ll only get better by the time FF 8 comes out much later this year.

      They didn’t go for a lightweight app. They wanted to bring the full FF experience to Android so you have extensions and Sync and everything out of the box. They have significantly optimized it since the first release, FF 3, and it doesn’t look like their tune ups are slowing down.

      • JackieTHorace

        It’s still a piece of garbage compared to most of the alternate browsers on the Android Market. No Flash? Come on! It’s also sluggish, and unstable. I’ve tried everything up until the Aurora nightlies, or whatever the most “advanced, buggy version is called, and it doesn’t really change much…the regular one on the Android market is almost as buggy as their Aurora one or worst. And still, no flash support on any of them.

        Dolphin is much better, and it had add-ons, themes, tabs, etc.

        I complained to Mozilla about putting such an unfinished browser in the market and giving it the Firefox name, and all they said was ours is a true browser, all the others are just skins on top of the Android browser with no added functionality. At that point, I stopped communicating with them as I saw it was pointless.

        • Anonymous

          They are skins on top of the Android browser. They take the base Android browser rendering engine and everything and just wrap it in their own application. Some might make improvements but usually the only thing they are focused on is making a more user friendly browser experience using the base Android browser.

          Firefox mobile is actually Gecko, hence why all those other browser support Flash mobile out of the box but Firefox has to build it in (this is kind of difficult to do due to the way app-to-app permissions are treated in Android).

  • i thought they said that they are not creating anything, but this is purely an idea by a forum member….

  • Alex W.

    We we can just get a phone with half of those hardware innovations, I’d be completely flabbergasted.

    If those are concepts for the future, that’s what they should be focused on.  The software is here today, it’s time for hardware to make a few jumps and get out of it’s current stand still.

  • I think they should keep it open, seems fair to take from open and keep it open still. It will be beneficial to both 

  • StealthVoodoo

    I think their biggest challenge is going to be finding a big-name OEM that’s willing to give their OS a chance. One of the reasons that Android took off is that HTC and Motorola in particular were drowning in the smartphone game and getting pummeled by Apple.

    All of the big name OEMs have chosen their side. HTC, Moto, Samsung and LG are all firmly in the Android Camp and Nokia is cuddled up with WinMo.

    What big carrier is going to put up all of the dev time, advertising and hardware to try out an untested OS when they have a wildly popular one already in production?

    • Maybe Nokia when WinMo finally falls off the map.

  • Jason Purp

    Change the way the case of that damn phone looks and then I’ll pay attention.

  • Hmmm. i’m really not sure Mozilla will get far with this. Google has their golden fingers in everything. Meaning they can market things better. 

    • One point that I did want to touch on but sort of got lost in translation is that Mozilla is extremely adamant about open source. Hence the double standard by Google and their beliefs on what Open Source exactly means. 

      If people want something open, then this is the next step. 

      • Yes, Google kept *ONE VERSION* of their OS closed source, temporarily, for our own good. To keep the market from being swarmed with poor quality devices by morons trying to put Honeycomb on phones. Big. Freaking. Whoop.

  • Homey

    That phone looks awesome!

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  • Stelv81

    Well hopefully they can prevent fragmentation better than Google is doing. How many buggy Android phones are there compared to good ones right now? Hopefully manufacturers will be forced to stick to standard of quality unlike some Android devices ie: Revo, Fascinate, Droid X2, Thunderbolt, Xperia Play, Droid Pro, Vortex…and that just Verizons buggy Android phones.

    • Don’t get me started on the Xperia Play 😛

  • Noah Kaplan

    Even if the OS goes nowhere, it looks like they have some really innovative hardware ideas.  We’re just starting to see front facing cameras.  Hardware innovation has not been all that impressive, other than just getting bigger and faster.  It’s not to see someone thinking outside the I-phone (cough*Samsung*cough).

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  • Illinipoke98

    It took them a year and a half just to make a browser for android.

    • And it still doesn’t support Flash.

    • LOL that browser is garbage! Simply will not sync any of my settings or bookmarks from desktop to phone… it’s main feature…

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly. And didn’t they have a desktop browser before Chrome?

  • anthony

    ive seen that video a while back. i am interested to be honest

  • Rondroid

    won’t stand a chance. Mozilla is confusing the ease of thousands of people simply downloading a new browser with the possibility of thousands of people buying a new phone? 

    Android took off in an era where innovation (from apple) was a standstill. Windows Phone 7 had the backing of a corporate giant (microsoft) and had lots of integration with the OS 90% of the world uses on their computer. All 12 people that bought a WP7 will attest to its lack of success.

    • Billy

      Does firefox really think it can do any better?

  • Rondroid

    won’t stand a chance. Mozilla is confusing the ease of thousands of people simply downloading a new browser with the possibility of thousands of people buying a new phone? 

    Android took off in an era where innovation (from apple) was a standstill. Windows Phone 7 had the backing of a corporate giant (microsoft) and had lots of integration with the OS 90% of the world uses on their computer. All 12 people that bought a WP7 will attest to its lack of success.

  • Looks like android.

    • This was early early concept. That IS most definitely old Android in the video lol

  • Too late Mozilla…

    • If we have learned one thing, it’s never too late for things to change. That’s probably what they were thinking back when Apple had a monopoly on mobile phones. 😉

      • True but Android continues to grow not only in users, but also in innovation. At this point unless a product comes out that is phenomenally better than anything else around, I don’t see it standing a chance.

        • “Yea, I’ll counter all that mumbo jumbo about innovation with a larger screen!” – Steve Jobs

      • Apples and Oranges. Android was able to flourish in the vacuum created by iOS being available only on AT&T. That vacuum has been filled and this project has ZERO chance of ever being anything more than a cute novelty. 

    • If we have learned one thing, it’s never too late for things to change. That’s probably what they were thinking back when Apple had a monopoly on mobile phones. 😉