Firefox OS Revealed – Picture Story

Peter Judge has been involved with tech B2B publishing in the UK for many years, working at Ziff-Davis, ZDNet, IDG and Reed. His main interests are networking security, mobility and cloud

Is Firefox OS a worthy smartphone challenger? Judge from the screenshots!

Android, BlackBerry OS, IOS, Maemo, Palm OS, Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone … there are plenty of operating systems for mobile phones, but Mozilla Foundation intends to win in this fiercely competitive world with Firefox OS.

Based on Linux and Gecko, Firefox OS was announced in April  and demonstrated by Telefonica in July. It   should appear first in early 2013 in Latin America, and then perhaps in Europe. It runs applications in HTML5, and the Foundation claims it is lighter, faster and more open than Android. 

Updated images available: the operating system is under development, and Mozilla has informed us that these images are somewhat out of date: “Those screenshots are of Firefox OS, but are outdated,” said a Mozilla statement. “We’ll share new images soon. As an open source company developing products in the open, you can expect to see in-progress mock ups and screenshots of all of our projects as they evolve. These are not any indication of the final product.”

We now have some more images – linked form the image below.  The latest images we have are here,  or follow this link for an intermediate set.

TechWeekEurope has asked Mozilla for clarification of the questions posed by readers on this article, and will bring answers to you as soon as we can. [For those that asked, we are also waiting on an update for our Image Gallery plug-in – Editor]. 

Icon Grid
Latest Firefox OS images here – and a video

As you can see, Firefox OS contains everything you would expect from a smartphone OS, including support for calls, texts, calendar and contacts. It also manages the camera and runs apps, which sit on the screen in a normal grid of icons. Yet underneath this, all the applicatinos are written in HTML – which could make it an easier platform to develop for. Most apps are built in HTML5, then customised for iOS or Android, or whatever OS they are intended for.

Read our interview with Tristan Nitot

Firefox OS will wow developers?

Mozilla reckons the OS will be lighter and faster, but also says it will be more open than the open source OS,  Android. Google has shown some hesitation in releasing source code for recent versions of Android.

We interview Mozilla Europe head Tristan Nitot – and he explains why he thinks developers will overwhelmingly vote for Firefox OS.

Are you an open source guru? Try our quiz! 

Newer Firefox OS images are here!

Would you develop apps for Firefox OS?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...