Unveiled to the public under the mantra “Booting to web” the B2G project is in embryonic stage at this point in time, but taking into consideration the strong support from its large community, this emerging open web platform is bound to move forward quite fast. The emphasis on the new proposed mobile OS will be on standards-based Web technologies as Mozilla’s aim with the OS is to create an environment where web-apps are as, if not more, important than native apps.
Mozilla has definitely Mozilla has launched this new project to build a web based open source Smartphone and Tablet operating system to counter Google’s Chrome OS.
Mozilla researcher Andreas Gal wrote on a blog post that the source code of the operating system will be released to the public in real-time, meaning that developers will be able to get their hands on the updates as and when they are created. According to him:
“We will do this work in the open, we will release the source in real-time, we will take all successful additions to an appropriate standards group, and we will track changes that come out of that process. We aren't trying to have these native-grade apps just run on Firefox, we're trying to have them run on the web,"Mozilla will be working on following Areas to make this Operating system more perfect,
- New web APIs: build prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities to content (Telephony, SMS, Camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.)
- Privilege model: making sure that these new capabilities are safely exposed to pages and applications
- Booting: prototype a low-level substrate for an Android-compatible device;
- Applications: choose and port or build apps to prove out and prioritize the power of the system.
Other than that, If you remember Mozilla also showed off a cellphone prototype submitted to the Mozilla Labs' Concept Series by designer Billy May. Dubbed the Seabird, it explored the idea of an Open Web phone based on Android, with an 8MP camera, two pico-projectors and inductive wireless charging, a Bluetooth/IR dongle. You can check out that concept Video below:
If you're interested to know more about the new B2G Project you can consider visiting the Mozilla Wiki for the B2G project here.
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