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Mozilla's Boot 2 Gecko Mobile OS to Land 2012

Way back in July, Firefox developer Mozilla revealed preliminary plans for a universal-platform mobile OS called Boot to Gecko (or B2G). Mozilla said it would feature the Linux-based Android kernel and device drivers beneath a custom user interface and application stack based on Gecko, the Firefox and Thunderbird HTML rendering engine. However, while B2G was said to be in its infancy when it was unveiled during the summer, it seems development of the OS is motoring along quite nicely. In fact, according to Mozilla's roadmap, Boot 2 Gecko has entered the testing stage.

Hot Hardware points towards a Mozilla-made roadmap for B2G that has 'Milestone 1: Developer Phone' pegged for 2011. As a part of this testing phase, developers are using B2G as their day-to-day phone. Mozilla expects to hit Milestone 2, which is a demo of the product, in Q1 2012, and hopes to release the OS the following quarter. If all goes according to the roadmap, we should see B2G on the market before next summer.

As we reported back in July, Mozilla's goal is to create an HTML5-driven web environment where HTML5 apps can offer the same functionality as traditional apps. Like Google’s Chrome OS, B2G will be a complete standalone OS entirely dependent on the open web. Thus, Mozilla will provide a set of B2G APIs for building HTML5-based apps that access device telephone, SMS, camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC and other features.

Although the team chose the Linux-based Android kernel and device drivers because they're compatible with existing hardware, it intends to use as little of Android as possible. "Really, we want to use the kernel + drivers, plus libc and ancillary stuff," Mike Shaver, VP of engineering, said. "It's not likely that we'll use the Android Java-wrapped graphics APIs, for example.  It's nice to start from something that's known to boot and have access to all the devices we want to expose.  Maybe that's not the right direction, though, so if someone wants to explore another direction that'd be just fine."

  • EDVINASM
    Yet another company jumping on 'build your own OS' wagon.. Am so bored of multiple OS'es, distributions etc. Can someone stick with WinOS, iOS and Android and just make the most of it now instead of giving us more buggy prototypes!
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Oh no, not another stupid OS made for "apps" with menu full of tiles. I really miss Windows Mobile and its interface :( Now hate me all you like, but I'm sick of ALL modern phone OSs. Then again, didn't try WP7.5 yet...
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  • Parsian
    edvinasmYet another company jumping on 'build your own OS' wagon.. Am so bored of multiple OS'es, distributions etc. Can someone stick with WinOS, iOS and Android and just make the most of it now instead of giving us more buggy prototypes!

    Let the market decide that... It is a open market and only worthy ones survive anyways...
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  • phatboe
    Android minus java sounds good to me
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  • EDVINASM
    ParsianLet the market decide that... It is a open market and only worthy ones survive anyways...
    Big fan of free market and no regulations etc? Still? Even after the big crash? I don't think market must regulate everything. I know it's the way it will be because of some people simply being unaware of their phone capabilities and promoting some things without considering competition. Just don't include everyone into the 'market', I am fed up with constant 'updates' to hardware and software. Every quarter some breakthrough that actually means nothing productive. Bigger screen, more raw power, facebook integration, so what? How about battery that lasts at least a week and out of the box GPS with no need for network to use one?
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  • iceman1992
    Change the name. Boot to Gecko is too long. Gecko would be better
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  • "Big fan of free market and no regulations etc? Still? Even after the big crash? I don't think market must regulate everything. I know it's the way it will be because of some people simply being unaware of their phone capabilities and promoting some things without considering competition. Just don't include everyone into the 'market', I am fed up with constant 'updates' to hardware and software. Every quarter some breakthrough that actually means nothing productive. Bigger screen, more raw power, facebook integration, so what? How about battery that lasts at least a week and out of the box GPS with no need for network to use one?"

    Big fan of controlled markets and croney capitalism? Foolish sheep, Mozilla should be applauded for their attempt, not reprimanded. Do you and your friends sit around at Starbucks with your iPad's discussing how everyone is trying to rip off Apple while pleasuring yourself to a Steve Jobs biography?
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  • alidan
    edvinasmBig fan of free market and no regulations etc? Still? Even after the big crash? I don't think market must regulate everything. I know it's the way it will be because of some people simply being unaware of their phone capabilities and promoting some things without considering competition. Just don't include everyone into the 'market', I am fed up with constant 'updates' to hardware and software. Every quarter some breakthrough that actually means nothing productive. Bigger screen, more raw power, facebook integration, so what? How about battery that lasts at least a week and out of the box GPS with no need for network to use one?
    you can thank apple and its thin war for crap batteries, and no gps without network is simple, they want you on their services to pay more money.
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  • dj1001
    look out apple is gonna sue cause the phones in the picture look like an iphone 3g
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  • Thunderfox
    They'd better include 8 gigs of RAM in these phones if it's based on Firefox code. Gonna need it if you want more than one page open.
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