The name Mozilla is commonly associated with Firefox, one of the more popular Internet browsers available today. Recently, the parent company of Firefox announced their intentions of expanding their product range into new territories with the development of a mobile operating system.
The design of this new OS would take a page out of the Android playbook in that it would be an open source operating system. We’ve now got our first taste of the smartphone OS thanks to TechWeekEurope and the first impressions of the OS is that it looks good. Mozilla has learnt quite a bit from both Apple and Google and have taken the best pieces of each of their respective operating systems and integrated it into their own. As such, Firefox Mobile OS has an aesthetically pleasing design like that of the iPhone iOS and yet we also see a functional layout that is reminiscent of Google’s Android OS.
In developing the OS, Mozilla has started with a base built on “Boot to Gecko” and then included HTML5 support which allows apps to be accessible through the web browser. As an open source OS, Mozilla will be encouraging developers to build new apps for the OS by allowing them free access to any information regarding the operating system that they might need.