Firefox OS to support smartphones by 2013


Mozilla is planning to enter the OS battle with their own mobile OS to be launched in the market sometime in 2013.

Announced way back in 2011, Mozilla’s pet project, formerly called Boot to Gecko, will power smartphones that were developed to open web standards and based on HTML 5 applications.

Mozilla will be partnering with ZTE and Alcatel, two small players in the smartphone game. The two companies have announced that they are going to develop devices that will be supported by the Mozilla OS.

Mozilla’s entry to the OS business is rather tense as they will be pitting against the Android, iOS, Windows 8 and even the BlackBerry 10, which has been supporting smartphones for years.

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said, “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use.”

“The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings,” he added.

Do you think Firefox OS will be successful in branding Mozilla as an OS developer?