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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RE: God...
by kragil on Mon 27th Feb 2012 14:02 UTC in reply to "God..."
kragil
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2006-01-04

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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RE[2]: God...
by _xmv on Tue 28th Feb 2012 05:05 in reply to "RE: God..."
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

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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RE[3]: God...
by kragil on Tue 28th Feb 2012 14:37 in reply to "RE[2]: God..."
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

"Same apps" is more than vague. I guess those apps are not Angry Birds and Zombiebooth, right?
Sure twitter, facebook and web mail need less resource when they are just web pages, but when real processing needs to be done JS still sucks donkey balls.
So what are "the same apps"?

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