Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, is launching an open-source mobile operating system for smartphones.It’ll use the Firefox brand, and the first phone will be manufactured by TCL Communication Technology. The phone will launch on a big number of global networks, including Sprint.
It’s an operating system that will be based on HTML 5, a web-based development language that powers applications that run in mobile browsers.
The first Firefox phone will launch commercially in Brazil in early 2013. There’s no word on a U.S. launch date.
It’s built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko” project, which will be adapted so that all of its phone features are HTML 5 applications.
Like Android, the Firefox mobile operating system will be open source — meaning developers will be able to access any and all information about the operating system they need to build killer apps.
Firefox and Mozilla are absolute darlings in the developer community. So, today’s announcement should have Google and Apple at least a little concerned.