Yet another mobile OS is on it's way, this time it's Mozilla the non profit organisation behind the popular Firefox web browser and they are planning to bring the power of the internet to phone software. They say they want to compete with the three big boys of the current mobile OS market, these being Apple's iOS, Google's Android and of Course Microsoft's offering of Window's Mobile.
So, can they really take on the three top operating systems? Is Mozilla's reason for this venture because their share of the desktop market is falling? They are currently loosing out to Google's Chrome which has rapidly risen to become the worlds number one browser, this in it's self is a bitter pill because of a the deal that makes Google the default search engine for Firefox users.
Like Android, Firefox Mobile OS is based on Linux, the operating system that anyone can contribute to or adapt because the source code is free. Unlike Google’s leading mobile operating system, however, Firefox Mobile OS will not play host to “native apps” that are specially developed for it.
Instead, it will use the new web coding standard, HTML5, to allow developers to create apps that, in theory, could work on any operating system. Other smartphone operating systems can run web apps already, but they are typically less capable than native apps as they are unable to plug into the advanced software and hardware features. Mozilla says Firefox Mobile OS will be different.
Now I'm an avid Firefox user, being the perfect tool for web design and development, however as you can see from the photo's above it looks just like many other smartphone OS' perhaps' I'd go as far to say currently not very nice looking either. Hopefully the final version will be a little more polished… We'll have to keep our eye's on this one!