SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has announced its intention to build an open source smartphone operating system based on its Gecko web browser rendering engine.
Mozilla said it will work with Telefonica to bring devices running its operating system to market sometime this year. The devices will use applications based on the HTML5 stack and Mozilla claims it will result in high performance and low development costs.
Mozilla said in a statement, "Since the beginning, it has been our mission as an organization to develop and bring about a completely open and standards-based Web as a platform for innovation. Mozilla's latest innovations are being proposed to the W3C for standardization, helping us move the needle to advance the Web and make it a more people-centric experience for all."
Although Mozilla has always promoted the use of open standards it is difficult to see how its Boot to Gecko operating system will overtake Google's effort with Android. Although Android has its developmental and licensing issues, Mozilla might have better chosen to build its application system on top of Android and other operating systems rather than try to go it alone to create yet another operating system that will have to start from scratch. µ