Mobile App Development / Mobile Website Design

Mozilla OS and Phone – Blaze Your Own Path

Just Total Tech
06 Dec 2018

Firefox maker Mozilla once helped break up a stagnant monopoly on the Internet. Now it’s trying to do the same sort of thing again. For the past 15 years, it has been instrumental in innovating and shaping the Web to keep it open and accessible to all. As a result, one fifth of all Web activity today happens through Firefox products. Firefox OS is a Linux-based open-source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers. It is being developed by Mozilla, the organization best known for the Firefox web browser. It is designed to provide a “complete” community-based alternative system for mobile devices, using open standards and approaches such as HTML5 applications, JavaScript, a robust privilege model, open web APIs to communicate directly with cell phone hardware, and application marketplace. As such, it competes with proprietary systems such as Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone as well as other upcoming open source.


Mozilla calls these Firefox OS smartphones open Web devices, and wants them usher in a new way of developing for mobile devices that embraces open Web standards instead of closed, proprietary approaches. Despite some visual similarities, Firefox OS is not like Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android, much less like BlackBerry or Microsoft’s Windows Phone. These are platforms that run on operating systems built with native code specific to that platform. They all feature browsers that handle quite a bit of a smartphone’s basic functions, but they still live in proprietary ecosystems. As such, they’re all vying for developer attention to their platforms, with varying degrees of success.


The Mozilla Foundation, the creator of the Firefox web browser, has just entered the mobile operating system fray, launching its Firefox OS on a line of smartphones. The phone and its new operating system, is intended to appeal particularly to users in emerging markets who may be first-time smartphone users. Firefox OS is an open-source, browser-based mobile operating system. That means that apps that run on the phone are not tied to an operating system — as users of other devices are to Apple’s iOS or Android. That makes it a lot easier for users to switch phones, since their content is not tied to a particular operating system, and Firefox OS open-source platform means that anyone who can write a page for the web should be able to create an app.

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 Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere. With the support of vibrant community and dedicated partners, their goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online.