The Firefox Phone? Mozilla Working on Android-Esque OS

by Bryant Plano on July 26, 2011 · 55 comments

If there is one thing I’ve learned about smartphones, it’s that choice can be one of the most influential factors when purchasing a device. Well, now that choice may be expanded by a bit more. According to a post by Ars Technica, Mozilla, the creator of Firefox and Thunderbird, is working on a mobile phone OS based on Android.

Sure, there's a Firefox Mobile browser... but can Mozilla make an OS worthy of competing with the likes of Android, iOS and WP7?

Now, this is in the very early stages. I’m sure there’s a ton of planning going on over in the Mozilla labs. After all, with a new six-week development cycle for Firefox and Thunderbird, they’ve been extremely busy keeping on top of the latest features and amping up their competitive edge versus the likes of Chrome and Outlook.

That being said, there is already a page up for the project over at the MozillaWiki. Dubbed Boot 2 Gecko, or B2G for short, Mozilla claims that they want to create:

“…a complete, standalone operating system for the open web.” – MozillaWiki

Now, they also mention that it’s going to take a lot of work, from people within and outside Mozilla. I still think that they have a long way to go with this project, and day-by-day it will be harder to convince people to join up, especially with the dominating powers of Android and iOS running the smartphone market at this time. With Google and Apple, two extremely profit-rich companies, backing these OSes, it’s hard to see just how Mozilla will stack up, considering they’re a non-profit organization (at this point, anyway).

Then again, their previous concept of a mobile phone OS was really, REALLY cool.

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