Mozilla announced plans today to build a mobile operating system entirely based on the Web and HTML5, all powered by the popular Firefox web browser. Already, Mozilla has several mobile phone companies behind it, including Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and Telenor.
The Firefox OS will be built on Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko technology, which promises to eliminate several limitations of web development on mobile devices. One of the key features will be the privilege of HTML5 applications to access the underlying systems of the mobile phone.
The system will also be built with entry-level phones in mind, meaning that consumers having devices at different price points will all be able to enjoy a rich experience.
Fared Adib, Product Chief at Sprint said, “Sprint continues to support an open mobile ecosystem that enables choice for Sprint customers…. Firefox Mobile OS can help us drive an HTML 5-based platform for creating lower cost smartphone options….”