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Mozilla shows off Firefox OS screenshots

Smells like Gingerbread
Thu Aug 02 2012, 14:44
Firefox OS mobile

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released some screenshots of its upcoming Firefox operating system (OS) for smartphones.

firefoxos-homeMozilla's development of yet another smartphone operating system may have questionable benefits for the open source outfit, however the latest work-in-progress screens show an operating system that looks very similar to Apple's IOS and Google's Android.

Mozilla's Robert Nyman uploaded six screenshots, including the home screen and lock screen.

Nyman's Firefox OS screenshots show a lockscreen that any Android user would recognise. Mozilla's Firefox OS home screen consists of four columns of icons, and given that just about every smartphone operating system apart from Windows Phone uses that layout, it is hardly surprising that Mozilla decided to do the same.

The rest of Nyman's screenshots are pretty standard fare, including notifications and settings screens that have more than a whiff of Android influence. Mozilla's early work suggests it hasn't yet implemented anything particularly radical that will make it stand out from IOS or Android.

Although Mozilla's Firefox OS is still very much in the alpha stages of development, it looks like the developers are following in a similar design as their contemporaries at Apple and Google. Mozilla could argue that Firefox OS is intended to be used in low-cost smartphones, but there are already budget Android handsets that sell for less than £100 and come with a considerable software library to boot.

For Mozilla, its Firefox OS represents the last chance it has of gaining significant market share in the mobile web browser market. On the evidence of Nyman's screenshots, it might merely give Apple's lawyers an opportunity to make some cash. µ


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