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- Dec 30, 2010
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This sounds like something out of a comic book or an anime, but Mozilla is working on their own mobile OS to compete with Android, iOS, etc. The kicker is that their mobile OS, called Boot to Gecko (B2G), will utilize a foundation built using the Android OS mixed with HTML-5 apps, effectively using a version of Android to defeat Android. Their intention is to create an OS that will “displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development”. Basically they want to create an OS that developers won't have to code separate apps for. In other words developers for iOS, Android and other platforms and instead can create a single web-app that will work across multiple platforms. Here's a quote from the SlashGear article,
Mozilla plans on releasing the source code for the project on a real-time basis to help develop it. Of course, Mozilla isn't the first company to develop in this direction. Google themselves created Chrome OS and Chromebooks with similar intent, ironically almost competing with themselves, but not directly. Furthermore, there are even rumors that Facebook is developing its own HTML5 app system, called Project Spartan, that is designed to supplant both Google and Apple. This sure is a "bizarro" world when competitors start using their own open-source code against each other. What do you guys think?Those web-apps will be, Mozilla reckons, “in every way … the equals of native apps built for the iPhone, Android, and WP7.” Founded on a slim core of Android, B2G will have its own suite of web APIs – for phone, SMS, camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC and other components – used for ”exposing device and OS capabilities to content” and a companion privilege model to make sure said-apps don’t gobble up your data.