Firefox OS alternatives

Firefox OS
Firefox OS (Boot to Gecko) is an open-source Web-based platform for mobile devices developed by Mozilla. Using HTML5 and the new Mozilla-proposed standard APIs, developers everywhere will be able to create amazing experiences and apps. Developers will no longer need to learn and develop against platform-specific native APIs.
Firefox OS alternatives are:
Android, Chrome OS, iOS
Here are the latest news about Firefox OS:

2013 First Firefox OS phones appeared


Usually open-source projects are flowing slowly but when business giant (such as Telefonica) is interested in it, everything is going according to the plan. As promised in the beginning of this year Telefonica and Mozilla have revealed the first smartphones based on Firefox OS. Why Telefonica helps this strange project in the world ruled by Android and iPhone? The main reason is that Firefox OS phones will be even cheaper than Android. Though Android - is also a free platform, but the Firefox OS based on using only Web-applications, can significantly reduce the hardware requirements. For example, the first two models (Keon and Peak) - are not powerful phones according to their characteristics, and they will be inexpensive, but their apps work even faster than on Android.

In addition, applications for Firefox OS can be developed by anyone who knows HTML, CSS, Javascript, so (in theory) the apps for these smartphones will be also cheaper. So on the emerging markets Firefox-phones can become a hot trend.

Will they become popular in the Enterprise? In fact, IT administrators like open systems that can be fully controlled. And perhaps, this completely open Firefox OS will be more appealing for them than the half-open Android. But everything will depend on Firefox OS security measures. Because Firefox OS app can potentially access all files, system programs and hardware of the smartphone.

In conclusion, let's recall the philosophy of the Firefox OS, and how the high performance is achieved. Unlike a regular browser (for example on Android), Firefox OS allows to save some app scripts on the device and not to download them every time from the server. You can also store some data locally. Thus, the load can be optimally distributed between client app and server so the app can run faster. Local scripts and data storage also allow apps to run offline.



2012 Firefox OS - alternative to Google Chrome


Browser - is the next operating system. This idea was born in Google and they created Chrome OS. And Mozilla thought that this it also can play this game and developed the mobile OS - Boot to Gecko. Yesterday this platform was renamed to Firefox OS, which marks the transformation of the simple browser into the cross-platform Operating System. Recall, Firefox OS is intended only for running web-applications (on HTML5) and allows to build very cheap smartphones and tablets due to the minimum requirements to hardware. How Firefox OS can compete with Chrome OS? It's very simple, because in the nearest years Google won't ditch Android and make a choice in favor of the Chrome OS for mobile devices. Mozilla doesn't have such problem and its way to the goal is clean.

Firefox OS has become very popular among mobile operators. Because first, the phones will be cheaper, and second - more traffic will be consumed. Telefonica, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Smart, Telecom Italia and Telenor are ready to offer their customers the Firefox-phones early next year. And Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Alcatel are ready to produce them.

However, it seams that Firefox OS - will never become really cross-platform in this world where every vendor seeks to build walls around its platform. Like Google, Mozilla will face restrictions for third-party browsers on iPhone/iPad. Microsoft's new ARM-tablet Surface also won't support third-party browsers. And Google is unlikely to welcome Firefox OS on its Android-devices.



2012 Do we need another mobile OS? Mozilla says Yes


It seemed that all the tickets to the mobile OS market have been sold to Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry (if it survives). And the unsuccessful attempts of HP and Samsung to enter this market have convinced everybody that the world doesn't need another mobile OS. But there will always be fanatics with unusual ideas and motivation that can change everything. Recently Mozilla (the Firefox developer) presented a prototype of its new mobile platform, codenamed Boot to Gecko (B2G). It is designed for smartphones and tablets and based on Firefox browser, running on top of the Linux kernel. B2G supposes that all mobile applications will run inside the browser. Remind Google's Chrome OS, yeah? But the Chrome OS was developed for desktops, not mobile devices. Besides, the internal conflict between Chrome OS and Android doesn't let Chrome OS to develop on mobile devices.

And Mozilla - is the company vitally interested in the development of Web-based technologies. Therefore, the B2G developers announced that they are struggling not for money but for the Web and promise to create a free OS for mobile WEB/HTML5 apps. How it will differ from a standard browser in iOS or Android? The B2G browser will interact directly with the phone functions (such as bluetooth and file system) and mobile operator services (e.g. SMS). So, mobile web-applications will have the same capabilities as native apps.

It's no surprise that this Mozilla's project was at once supported by Adobe. Because Adobe doesn't like all these native apps and wants to own the HTML5 development tools market. But besides it - the maker of mobile chips Qualcomm and the third world largest mobile operator Telefonica also decided to participate in the project. So, the B2G has pretty good arguments to succeed.