First in-depth look at Firefox's mobile OS

First in-depth look at Firefox's mobile OS
Firefox OS, what was originally called Boot to Gecko, was recently mugging for the camera to show off its HTML5-based UI. Firefox OS aims to be a totally open and free mobile OS that runs HTML5 web-apps, meaning that developers who make apps for Firefox OS devices would be able to distribute them to any other mobile platform with an HTML5-complient browser. The OS is expected to arrive on its first commercial phone is expected to launch on Brazil’s Telephonica toward the end of this year or early in 2013.

The mobile OS also has support from Sprint and Deutsche Telekom, so we may see several Firefox OS phones next year. The real question of course is what will the OS look like? Happily TechWeek Europe got its hands on a slew of images from current versions of the operating system, which we present below. You can see that much inspiration has been drawn from both Android and iOS, and the result is a nice-looking and clean user interface.

Based on what you see, do you think Firefox OS has a strong mobile future, or will they fall to the wayside?

source: TechWeek Europe via Business Insider



1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

its like android and ios had a baby.

2. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

priceless comment!

10. JcHnd

Posts: 280; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

exactly what i was thinking... and the first caller looks so depressed... we'll see in the future if this OS it's good!

11. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

With proud Uncle WP8 and Aunt Symbian there for the birth. Older brother BB was none too happy.

17. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i wonder what auntie webOS would think if she were still here to see this miracle! LOL


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If PA didnt mention this was a Firefox Mobile OS, I would have thought it was just custom Android ROM or new UI skin over ICS.

31. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

So instead of just suing, Apple will sue for custody! Ugh that was terrible...but that icon grid worries me...

44. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

best comment of the day lmbo

3. Elvis.

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm not impressed...

15. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Me neither. I thought for sure that it would be better than this. ;_; I just don't like the lockscreen (because it looks just like Android) and the homescreen because it just looks weird. All in all, we haven't seen all of it yet and I still have faith in Mozilla to create a good OS.

36. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Actually me too I was expecting some fresh UI ideas. Its like a theme on the IOS with some android coolness. And please don't use drop down notifications or else it will be a complete rip off.

43. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

HAHA if you look at the second picture, you can see that it says: Angry birds next to the Evernote app icon and Evernote next to the angry birds icon, lol! :D


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I can see some lawsuits on its way.

7. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

You beat me to it.

5. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I honestly can't believe Sprint is on the fence about supporting Windows Phone 8, but they give their full support to Firefox OS.? That makes ZERO sense.! Look, on the Sprint website, the HTC Arrive is one of their HIGHEST RATED smartphones. Sprint customers want more Windows Phones, especially a Nokia Lumia device that Nokia is more than happy to make for Sprint. But NO, they're rather support with copy & paste Android iOS knock off of a smartphone OS. If my predictions are correct, I feel that Firefox OS will go the way of webOS, which is actually WAY better than this piece of junk OS to begin with. /rant

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Makes me feel good when a fellow P.A. user gets it off his chest. The fact that I agree with every word you just said is a happy bonus.

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

It looks great except the idea that somehow it must look like Apple's grid format, I surely hope that is something customizable as I am no fan of static icons with no personality.

8. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Wow this looks so lame. I honestly dont think there should be any new OS's cuz Android and iOS already have most of the market share so there is just no point anymore. Anythibg besides those two big monsters are going to fail.

9. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

The one advantage this has over both of those is that Firefox os is COMPLETELY free. The play store is 10 bucks a pop.

39. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

What are you talking about "$10 a pop"? There are a lot of free apps in the Play Store. As of right now, Firefox OS is "a totally open and free mobile OS", but we'll see how long that lasts if and when it gets adopted by multiple manufacturers.

13. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Healthy competition is always good. Unlike the current competition.

27. Aeires unregistered

WRONG. The same could have been said about Android and look how it turned out. If a new OS has something good to offer, bring it on.

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Android was refreshing because it was the only real competition to iOS, even WP7 was welcome for the Windows fans but this doesn't fit in anywhere. it'll be hard for anything to. the smarter thing to do is to just make an Android Skin and be done with it.

12. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Are you saying people shouldn't have a choice besides IOS and more specifically judging by your avatar, Android? Like it or not, not everyone likes Android and there are more to OS's than just the big 2, WP8/BB10 if BB is still around/MeeGo/Tizen and Firefox OS, with Amazon as a potential contender to challenge Google with it's own mobile OS. The more choice the better and so people aren't just restricted to IOS and your favourite platform, Android. The only thing we need are more OEMs and more Apps for each ecosystem, something that WP8 has that the others don't, although Nokia/BB did fine back in their day. IMO, there should be no less than 3 mobile platforms and at the very least, 4. My preference would be either MeeGo or Tizen as the 4th and 5th Mobile OS.

14. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

IMG 3: Now who calls round corner icons? Mozilla made round icons :P

16. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Nokia/via Symbian Belle and Meego, though i suppose they are "Squircles".

19. e.wvu unregistered

See, Mozilla is so late into the OS market that their OS resembles iOS and Android in so many ways. They should just integrate their OS into Android.

20. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Bck when this was first announced (here:​ing-an-open-source-OS-for-smartphones-and-tablets_​id20642), there was pretty much a feeling there was no room for this. And now, over a year later, I see even less space for it in the mobile jungle: -There are the 2 big 300Lbs gorillas to take on(Android and Apple). -There is the aging Lion, with a strong Pride and deep food reserves trying to get back in shape (BlackBerry). -There is the young Wolf Pack, nipping at everyone's heels and trying to find some new hunting ground (WP). -There is the Jackal, everyone is laughing at, but when set free may find a place to eat some meet left over (open sourced WebOS). -There is a new animal, sighted and fascinating, a different breed of Tiger that may be strong in certain ranges (MeeGo). -And rumors of a Yeti, though only a couple of pictures lend truth to it's existence (Tizen). Where does this DoDo Bird fit in exactly? I would support at least 5, maybe 6 of those before this....

21. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Dont expect anything to exciting, mozilla already said that this is going to be geared towards first time smart phone users. Ie, none of us.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011 Spinning and Winning? that's two of my favorite things! SPIN FOR YOUR KING! SPIN!

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