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First Boot to Gecko phone to launch in Brazil

Posted: , by Scott H.

First Boot to Gecko phone to launch in Brazil
Back in the halcyon days of early 2012 (remember those?) at Mobile World Congress, Mozilla was showing off its take on an open source smartphone operating system called Boot to Gecko. Based on HTML5, Boot to Gecko (BtG) was shown running an Open Web Devices UI, and we caught some screen caps and a video of it.

Where would such a device show up? Based on an announcement today, it appears that residents of Brazil will be the first ones to get a crack at a commercial device running BtG. Telephonica and Mozilla announced that they will be working together to release the first device, sometime around the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.

Brazil is the sort of emerging market that is perfect for the BtG project. Smartphone penetration is still quite low, but the economy is growing steadily, creating a growing demand for budget-priced smartphones. With the modest hardware requirements of the HTML5-based BtG, the result should be a smartphone that is friendly to local budgets.

First Boot to Gecko phone to launch in Brazil
Of course much of the success of failure of the first Boot to Gecko device will depend on execution – as previously dominant companies like RIM and Nokia have discovered, producing a top-notch mobile UI isn’t always as easy as it appears. Time may also be of the essence; both Windows Phone and Android development are placing a premium on creating budget SoCs that can be translated into inexpensive smartphones – if BtG dawdles too long on the drawing board it may launch to a world with similarly priced competing devices, which would undercut one of the major advantages of the nascent smartphone platform.

soource: Ztop via Engadget

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posted on 19 Apr 2012, 16:49 2

1. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Looks good

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 17:21 3

2. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


I dont know anything about technology Im just dumb. I shouldnt even have a profile on here.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 19:28 2

3. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Nothing to worry, Start reading the blog's from now on, one day you might write one..

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 21:15

4. paulyyd (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


don't listen to him cupcake, just post about the weather and what you ate this morning. We all are very interested in that

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 01:44

5. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


This is the second article you have posted that exact comment on PA.....

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:14

6. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


looks a lot like MIUI

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