Mozilla Boot to Gecko (B2G). Hey, look, it actually works! The first Telefonica phone coming this year
Well, today we have the answers to at least first three questions. Mozilla already has a working prototype of Boot to Gecko running on Samsung Galaxy S2. And, for the OS that was born half a year ago – it’s pretty impressive.
Mozilla still has a long list of things like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, etc; to build. But they are moving with a very good speed, and even promise to have the first phone available by the end of this year. They are also lining up carrier support, having already signed-up Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile). And while I was waiting to do a hands-on video, a rep from another major European carrier came over to the booth to explore getting Boot to Gecko for their customers.
Unfortunately, build it and they will come approach does not work in mobile telecom any more. iOS and Android have the next generation mobile computing pretty much locked up between them. Even stronger competitors like Windows Phone/Nokia are having very hard time breaking in. So at this point, the chances for Boot 2 Gecko to succeed are below slim.
Still, at least to me, Mozilla’s B2G looks much more real than it did just a week ago. And with mobile industry’s pace of change – who knows what might happen in the next few years.