Telecoms backing Firefox’s Boot to Gecko Android competitor platform

Telecoms backing Firefox’s Boot to Gecko Android competitor platform
Starting next year, the world’s most popular platform, Google’s Android, will get one more rival in the form of Firefox’s Boot to Gecko mobile platform, which now got the backing of some of the biggest carriers. Sprint and Deutsche Telekom will both support the new mobile operating system as ZTE and TCL Communication Technology are preparing to launch the first Firefox phones running on Qualcomm Snapdragon chips early next year.

This is important because unlike other tech sectors, sales of smartphones are defined by the carriers, who actually are the biggest sales channel. Smart, Telecom Italia, Telenor and Etisalat are also supporting the upcoming platform.

The new Firefox platform is built with HTML5 at its core, and upcoming apps will also use HTML5. It will also be free and put pressure on other platforms like Microsoft’s Windows Phone that costs manufacturers up to $20 in licensing fees.

Phones running on the platform are expected to be significantly cheaper than current low-end Android handsets. Rumors mention $50 as the off contract price, which is really low.

Mozilla has also been working with Telefonica on crafting the software. We first saw a demo of the upcoming Boot to Gecko platform at MWC 2012.

source: Reuters



1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I could careless what OS a phone has but when I hear $50 off contract for a phone all i can think about is a disposable phone

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If the rumored $50 off-contract is true, then I am most definitely going to buy one. It can't hurt to check out this OS at that price. Plus it's made by Mozilla, which is a great non-profit company that has always dedicated itself to listening to the consumers and their wants and needs. Next year is going to be a pretty big year for mobile OS', considering Tizen is just around the corner as well. This can only be a good thing for consumers as more competition means companies are going to try their hardest to make their OS more pleasing to consumers.

14. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Imagine if they went to tmo, this thing on a value plan? Then if you messed it up, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. That would be an awesome deal.

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

What's next? An Opera Mobile OS?

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

MS is going to need to recalibrate their WP license pricing model... Just when they looked ready to benefit from the implosion of RIM.

5. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Apple guys are closely monitoring Gecko for any infringing patents

6. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

So Sprint would rather invest in this instead of some new Windows Phone.? What are they thinking.!? Ugh, is it any wonder why people think Sprint doesn't make any good business decisions.? I'd rather get some new WP8 devices than some low cost devices running another OS that we don't need.

13. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Not that I'm disagreeing with you, but you too look at this way, if the rumor that these things will be 50 off contract, then they will most likely be free with a two year contract. People love free, and if the phones are decent enouph, Sprint could pick up a ton of new subscribers who are coming over from prepaid, iden, of upgrading from feature phones. This could help them backfill the hole they dug with the iPhone.

7. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Gecko has no chance.. its just another Andriod/iOS look alike.. and unlike Droid/iOS/WP I doubt it has much in the way of patents to protect itself with.. The only question I can ask.. is WHY..?

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Let us start some bets on whuich company will sue this OS first....

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My bet is M$, second will be Apple. As M$ is busy courting the carriers with their windows 8 phones. The question is who will be defending this new platform, the carriers!?

10. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

WebOS 2.0?

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

is webOS really good... im just curious! i've never seen one so im just asking

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

im really wondering to this... boot2gecko apps will work offline? will it have an app store like android? or the OS is really base online.. so the phone with this OS wont work in some places that is not connected to the internet always like philippines right? or is this the same with android? if its the same with android, it will be the real competition... its apps are written HTML5 so its online.. that made me conclude that the OS and apps wont work offline... please explain to me what this boot2gecko means and so that tizen... i read its article in wikipedia but its no help! and isnt tizen and b2g base on html5 not api right?

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