Published on August 12th, 2012 | by Fluffy4
Firefox is Developing Their Own OS?
Today, the smart-phone market is dominated by the two major players – Apple and Google. Apple’s iOS is doing very well, and could very well take the credit for starting off the market it now triumphs in. Google’s Android is catching up, and getting better and better with every update (well… Almost every update). Now, Microsoft is finally joining in as a major player with its current “WP7 OS” (Windows Phone 7 OS), and its much awaited WP8 OS. Before the coming of iOS, the biggest players were Blackberry and, to some extent, Microsoft, but they were no threat to ordinary phones.
Seeing the success of Apple and Google, its only natural that more players would want to join the race to the top, and just like Amazon did (with its Kindle and Kindle Fire), Mozilla thinks its time to put its own foot in the playground, perhaps hoping to play head on against Apple and Google. The current name for their new OS is Firefox OS. I don’t find the name as catchy as iOS or Android, but neither is Windows Phone 8 OS, and yet the public can’t wait to get their hands on it.
Before you start googling, yes, Firefox OS is for touch-screen devices, no, there are no plans for tablets yet, and no, Firefox OS is not a direct copy. For starters, the lock screen seems to have a slider starting from the center, going left to toggle the camera, and right to unlock the phone. Once unlocked, you are presented with a grid of icons (sound familiar?), but instead of being square (with rounded edges), these icons are completely round. I’m not sure that I like the look too much, but I’m pretty sure that Mozilla will make room for themes, allowing us to change its original look.
They say that an OS can fall just as fast as it rises if it doesn’t have the right (or plethora of) apps, but fortunately for Firefox OS, their target for apps is apps coded in HTML5, and 70% of the apps coded for iOS and Android are in HTML5. This means that programmers who already have apps coded in HTML5 can directly port theirs to Firefox OS without any changes required (unless one is needed for the resolution of screens, on which nothing has been confirmed yet).
Firefox OS has no spectacular features over its current competitors, which means that it won’t cause much competition. However, Mozilla is well-known for their famous “Firefox Web-Browser”, which hasn’t lost face since it was first released. In fact, Mozilla is well known for creating the first web-browser ever – Netscape. Ring a bell? Shocked? So was I when I first found out, but note that each of their projects has been a huge success (albeit, each being a web-browser). Therefore, I’m sure that they’ll get Firefox OS right too. After all, they’ve been a roll so far, right? And they all of iOS’ and Andorid’s mistakes to learn from.
Anyway, if you’d like to see the features of firefox OS, see for yourself here. Personally, I can’t say much till I’ve got my hands on it myself. Apparently, Mozilla is giving away the OS for PC-testing already, but more on that later. If you like posts like this, please visit http://d3tech3d.wordpress.com/ to get more posts by the same author. In the meantime, keep the comments rolling and remember – the cake is a lie!