Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Feb 2012 12:22 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones And even more news from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mozilla has announced a partnership with Telefonica and Qualcomm, which will bring Mozilla's Boot to Gecko HTML5-based mobile interface to devices later his year. This is a huge boon for the fully open source environment.
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by CapEnt on Mon 27th Feb 2012 12:56 UTC
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Another smartphone platform?!

Ok, diversity is good and all, but this is going a bit too far. These things are showing up and dying faster than a eye can blink.

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by Kroc on Mon 27th Feb 2012 13:52 in reply to "God..."
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No, _the_ smartphone platform. The 'Web is the only platform that works on all smartphones, doesn't require approval and doesn't require waiting for updates to be pushed out.

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by kragil on Mon 27th Feb 2012 14:02 in reply to "God..."
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Well, _I_ think they think they cannot establish a third "ecosystem" besides Android and IOS (even MS has sofar failed miserably) so they bet on the only platform that is the lowest common denominator, the web. Tizen and to a lesser extent Open WebOS are doing the same.

I am not sure it will work. JS+DOM+Web rendering engines are not suited for low end devices IMO. In hindsight an open phone based on the enlightenment stack would have been the most promising solution, but I guess nobody was willing to put in the effort to build a Iphone-like experience based on EFL a few years ago. Or they bet on GTK or proprietary shit, which just wasn't good enough.
Nowadays Qt(5) is probably the best solution for an open phone that people actually want to use. Just give people a really open N9 and just be amazed with what they would be able to do.

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by _xmv on Tue 28th Feb 2012 05:05 in reply to "RE: God..."
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Actually B2G runs faster than Android and uses a third of the memory or so with the same apps loaded. I think its pretty good on that front.

I prefer Qml too, but, gotta give these guys credit, B2G seems pretty good.

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by Lennie on Mon 27th Feb 2012 20:14 in reply to "God..."
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It is more like bringing an existing platform (the web) to the smartphone and making the native programming API/languages:

"[...]We don't want B2G to lead to applications that only run atop B2G, or only run in Firefox. That's an important difference between what we're doing and proprietary mobile stacks today: we don't want a competitive advantage for Mozilla, we want a competitive advantage for the Web."

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