Mozilla teams up with LG for a mysterious device, aims to rival Apple and Google

Mozilla teams up with LG for a mysterious device, aims to rival Apple and Google
Mozilla has teamed up with none other than LG for the release of its first mobile device at MWC 2012, a “source close to the matter” confirmed for ExtremeTech. What’s more - Mozilla CTO and creator of JavaScript Brendan Eich said there will be multiple partners, not just one partnership announced at the show.

The Mozilla-LG phone is expected to be powered by Mozilla’s brand new Boot to Gecko (B2G) operating system, which should strengthen Firefox’s position in the battle of browsers. The actual device will be aimed at developers, not the mass user initially. 

There are no further details about specs or price of the upcoming device, but it’s allegedly possible for it to go on sale as soon as next week. This is the most optimistic forecast, though - in reality we don’t expect to see the device earlier than mid-2012, and possibly even later.

Mozilla might have the winning card with Boot to Gecko up its sleeve as the operating system should allow carrier more control as it’s completely open and based on an open browser and open Web Marketplace.

At MWC in a couple of days, Mozilla will unveil the Mozilla Marketplace and open the doors for developers to submit applications written with open web standards like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS5. This will lay the foundation for the future debut of the Boot to Gecko mobile OS.

Boot to Gecko however is more than just a common operating system. It’s a huge idea of turning every browser into a standalone platform. B2G is a stripped-down Linux loading Firefox’s rendering engine, Gecko. So basically this makes it very similar to Chrome OS. What makes it different are the web APIs it uses - they allow HTML5 and JavaScript to address your computer’s hardware directly. Those same interfaces will exist on the mobile platform and desktop, and they’re open so they could be adopted by others like Chrome.

B2G and Mozilla’s partnership with LG might turn out to be big news for both companies, so stay tuned. MWC is looking even bigger by the day and we’ll have you covered starting from the wee hours on Sunday.

source: ExtremeTech

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17 Comments

1. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Good luck Mozilla! LG sucks when it comes to phones.

2. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

Yeah, I was thinking that the whole time I read this, good news is, maybe this will slow down the number of crappy phones LG releases with Android installed. The Vortex almost made my wife hate android.. she has the HTC Rhyme now though and is very happy with it. LG makes Android look bad.. Focus on this new OS, LG, plz.

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't think the vortex made android look bad, i think the 600mhz processor did. The vortex was never top of the line as a smartphone and I had the LG Ally (which is pretty comparable) and was fairly happy with it after I overclocked it. But yeah, I agree that LG just isn't that good.

11. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

My experience with LG has just not been good. I also have a LG revolution and I thought it was suppose to be a higher end phone, and quite frankly it was not much better than the Vortex, imo. Maybe I am grabbing the wrong devices from them, but the ones I have gotten have been clunky in comparison to my HTC, Samsung, and Motorola devices. I have a lot of devices as I QA for a mobile software.

12. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

The bigger problem with the Vortex was all the bloatware it came with. The Votex was Verizon's variant of the Optimus One, which was pretty sucessful in the low-mid-range market of the time. I think LG was really the first one's to get it right in that market and it really pushed Samsung and HTC to improve their lower end devices.

4. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

I just wonder if LG sucks so much why are big names like prada and mozilla teaming up with LG to make their phones...hmmm

16. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I don't hate LG, it's just when it comes to phones, they're not exactly the best at it...

3. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

haters gona hate

7. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

im not going to even argue with the guys above. let them hate while i play with my lg g2x running android 4.0.3. they can hate even more when i get my lg 4x hd.

8. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

You said it bro...I allready started saving for 4x hd but until than I'm sticking to my optimus black, I'm thinking of puttin 4.0.3 on my phone to get used to ics before I get 4x hd :)

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i wanted the black so bad when it came out, i ended up siding with the g2x. it ended up coming down to brighter display and nicer design vs. dual-core and better camera. i still really like the black. cant wait till lg drops the official ICS on both! q2 is coming up quick.

14. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

damn I wanted to like your posto, not dislike it sorry... :(

17. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Now we're even lol

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Huh. I remember Mozilla had said they were looking at their own OS about a year ago. With the competition for third place about to heat up with Microsoft/Nokia leading WP's charge to BlackBerry, and RIM countering with the release of BB10 later this year, is there room? Will developers respond? What about HP and their open source attempt at WeBOS? If they get takers, or Tizen does at Intel, does that hurt this effort? I had long thought LG would excel at WP since they couldn't seem to get traction in Android, but maybe this is the answer for them. But as Microsoft can tell you, a good idea does not a success guarantee. Do LG and Mozilla have deep enough pockets to make this work of the going is slow?

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I sense a big failure in the making. That is one sterile looking UI if I ever saw one. Mozilla wants exposure and they choose LG of all manufacturers to do it? Right what LG is like near the bottom of the barrel when it comes to reliable hardware, right above the likes of ZTE and Hauwei. Good luck guys, hope this OS is actually useful, but market adoption might be hard in this particularly rough sea of serious competitors.

13. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

"Mozilla might have the winning card with Boot to Gecko up its sleeve as the operating system should allow carrier more control as it’s completely open and based on an open browser and open Web Marketplace." This quote is bad for consumers as any OS that allows MORE carrier control will simply just change the equation again into the hands of carriers not consumers. There are already enough problems with carriers and how they try and lock down portions of the OS to satisfy their own position of uniqueness but in the end the consumers loss. Locked bootloaders and all bring it down. This is a bad idea for carriers to gain even more control.

15. blaze456

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2010

the g2x marquee and nitro hd are pretty good

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