Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Aug 2012 00:20 UTC, submitted by Markus Su
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla's Dave Mason, when asked by derStandard.at what the most scary part of Firefox' roadmap is: "It has to be Firefox OS which is a huge step for Mozilla. It is exciting and scary at the same time. This is the first time we had to partner with some other companies to get to the end results so that's a hard transition for us." I commend Mozilla for attempting this. I've been trying out Firefox on my Nexus 7 today, and it's really, really good (save for the interface, which needs some serious Holo love). If this is an indication for what Firefox OS is going to be like - good on 'm.
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RE: Firefox Browser
by dsmogor on Tue 14th Aug 2012 06:37 UTC in reply to "Firefox Browser"
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I believe they would love to do that too, but they have realized that leaving mobile space to Apple, Google and MS will endanger open web in the long term.
They need to give mobile device integrated web apis a fighting chance on the real devices, but that requires an OS layer they control.
They have carriers on their side, as they see proprietary apps as a way of locking users to any given platform and that takes the control away from them. They need an open middle-ware that is exchangeable between platforms. They have tried already with WAC, this is a 2nd attempt.
FF OS will be pushed by carriers (that's quite opposite to WP currently) and if enough ground is taken, app devs will take a notice and start supporting its web apis. Tizen is in fact another path to the same result and I expect it will be kept compatible with each other. When the number of apps is significant carriers and their partners will start to push Apple and Google to put the compatible middle-ware on their devices. After that is successful FFOS may be laid to rest serving as a reference impl.

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