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article imagePresented on Youtube: Mozilla's Firefox OS is turning up the heat

By Eko Armunanto     Feb 27, 2013 in Technology
Firefox OS to launch very soon, big phone makers pledge support. Built entirely using HTML5 and other open Web standards, Firefox OS is free from the rules and restrictions of existing proprietary platforms.
Unveiled at Mobile World Congress, Mozilla says Firefox OS wins major operator backing. This new Mozilla's mobile operating system reveals that LG will be among the first companies to ship handsets powered by the platform, alongside previously announced partners Alcatel One Touch and ZTE. Huawei will join the roster later in the year.
Firefox OS, whose project named Boot to Gecko also known as B2G, is a Linux-based open source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers being developed by the famous nonprofit Mozilla Foundation. It is designed to allow HTML5 applications to integrate directly with the device's hardware using JavaScript.It has been demonstrated on Android-compatible smartphones.
The B2G project is now ready to challenge Apple and Google’s dominance of mobile devices as a group of 17 operators have committed to support Mozilla’s open web initiative, as the commercial launch of the first devices powered by its Firefox OS nears.
The first wave of devices will be available to customers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Additional markets will be announced soon. Telefonica, which put its weight behind the Mozilla platform at GSMA Mobile World Congress last year, will be among the first operators to support Firefox OS, initially in Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela, but with the intention of making it available to “all Telefonica customers globally”.
"Our engineers are now working with Firefox OS Mobile and HTML 5 -- evolving technologies which show great potential," Sony Mobile Communications' Chief Executive Bob Ishida said in a statement.
The operating system runs apps with Firefox's browser engine, an approach that Mozilla promises will be able to wring more performance out of lower-end phone hardware than Android with its intermediate Java-like layer. In addition to the familiar grid of apps, with swiping left and right slides in other pages of apps, and across the bottom of each page is a fixed set of four apps: the phone dialer, a text-messaging app, the Firefox browser, and camera, Firefox OS has a number of extra features so programmers can tell their Web apps to tap into phone services such as an accelerometer, battery level monitor, camera, network strength indicator, and phone dialers. At a higher level, Firefox OS app programmers can use Canvas for graphics today and WebGL for higher performance tomorrow, Mozilla promises.
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