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Mozilla phone will go on sale this year

Aims to take on Android OS
Fri Apr 20 2012, 15:23

THE FIRST SMARTPHONE to run Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko' operating system (OS) reportedly will go on sale later this year.

Brazilian blog Ztop reports that Mozilla will release its debut smartphone through operator Telefonica Vivo, having announced the news at a conference today in Sao Paulo.

Announced in July 2011, Boot to Gecko (B2G) is an open source OS based around HTML5 and Javascript, similar to HP's WebOS. Mozilla, of Firefox web browser fame, hopes that Boot to Gecko will offer a viable alternative to the Android mobile OS.

"It's an open platform to allow complete control of applications, much like a browser, and applications are installed the way you expect," Mozilla chief executive Gary Kovacs is quoted as saying. "The difference is that they are created with web standards, and we will have links and clicks between apps, something that already happens on the web today, but not in the applications closed platforms."

Ztop also quotes Pablo Larrieux, chief innovation officer of Telefonica Vivo as saying that the first B2G phone will retail with a "featurephone" price, meaning that Mozilla could be on track to take on cheap Android handsets.

Details of the first Mozilla handset remain a mystery, aside from the fact that it will be powered by a Qualcomm chip. µ


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