Mozilla & LG tipped to unveil first Boot to Gecko device at MWC

Mozilla is all set to announce its first device, rumored to be made by LG, based on its upcoming open operating system called Boot to Gecko (B2G) at the MWC. And like every successful OS and its corresponding app store, B2G will be coupled with Mozilla Marketplace (an open app store) since B2G devices would need a dedicated app store to catch the attention of the end users. Mozilla Marketplace will be open for the developers who in turn will make open web apps for Firefox browser and also for the upcoming stack of devices based on B2G OS using CSS, JavaScript and HTML5. The thinking that goes behind the development of the B2G is the fact that Mozilla wanted to create a standalone OS for the open web, an open technology that allows developers to make similar apps for both desktop and mobile platforms. It does wants to empower its Firefox with apps and will primarily be based as browser-based, just like the Chrome OS.

Though the first B2G device will be announced at the MWC but considering the fact the B2G OS still demands a lot of work to be done, the device should launch by the end of Q2 this year. Also, the Mozilla Marketplace will only be available by the time Firefox 13 arrives in June, bringing with it the Home Tab app launcher.

There has been a lot of speculation and gossip that B2G is partially based on Android. Just as TechCrunch says, B2G does use some of the same low-level building blocks used in Android (Linux kernel, libusb, etc) in order to reduce the burden on ODMs/OEMs to load B2G on new hardware. However, B2G is not based on Android, and will not be compatible with the Android stack (in particular B2G will not run Android applications).

According to an ExtremeTech post, Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and the Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla, says that there will be multiple partners present at MWC. By “partners” Eric probably means that carriers which are long tired and frustrated with the decision making powers which so far have rested with giants such as Apple and Google who ultimately decide on how the carrier’s network should be used on their devices.

These carriers who have become nothing but dumb pipes and which are now functioning as mere retailers would finally find some peace of mind with Mozilla’s B2G open OS, based on an open browser and a truly open Marketplace. Carriers could create their own Open Web Marketplace, colonize it with their own apps and will finally have the authority to make their own set of rules.

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