Mozilla the company behind Firefox browser has announced its plans to roll out Firefox OS, its standalone mobile operating system, according to the company blog post.
Mozilla also revealed big-name supporters for its project, which is aimed at providing a consistent open Web standards-based experience across platforms. Operators like Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, and Telenor have also committed to offering Firefox OS devices.
Firefox OS comes out of Mozilla's Boot to Gecko project, which was first announced in July 2011. This will enable HTML5 applications to access the underlying capabilities of a phone, e.g. the camera, previously only available to native applications.
Microsoft Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd are also planning updated versions of their existing mobile operating systems with the hope of becoming a more popular third option.
Firefox OS won’t be the only platform entering the market in 2013, devices from HTC, Acer and Asus are expected to run the Samsung-Intel created Tizen OS which is also largely based on HTML5 and focused on emerging mobile markets.
Mozilla says Firefox OS will be a “fully open mobile ecosystem,” built entirely on open web standards, with apps developed as HTML5 applications. HTML5 is a standard for supporting advanced functionality in web pages — when an app launches in your smartphone’s browser instead of as a native app, chances are it was made with HTML5.
Mozilla is a non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley that is most famous for its open-source Firefox Internet browser that has challenged the dominance of Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
The first Firefox OS devices are expected to be sold in Brazil in early 2013 through Telefonica Brasil S.A.'s Vivo brand.
In the meantime we are still awaiting the release of Mozilla’s first mobile internet browser, another space that became more crowded this past week after the Google Chrome browser debuted for iOS based devices and quickly became Apple’s No. 1 downloaded free app.
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