updated 05:20 am EST, Tue November 8, 2011
Mozilla well into development of Boot 2 Gecko
More details have emerged about Mozilla's mobile OS. The Boot 2 Gecko, or B2G, project is now undergoing testing by Mozilla developers. The OS has been compared to Google's Chrome OS, as it has a web emphasis and relies on HTML5-based applications. Although Android is at its core the aim is to use "as little Android as possible," but take the Chrome OS-like experience to mobile phones. Some screen mock-ups are embedded below, as a guide as to how the OS may look and function.
Currently, the developers are working on a range of areas including new web APIs and porting, or building, apps that will work with the platform. The OS is built on open web standards and will run HTML5 web apps that are designed to work on iOS and Android alike.
Testing has been underway for several months now, with trials also being conducted on messaging, telephony and battery life. A product demo is expected in the first quarter of 2012, with a shipping product possible by the second quarter of 2012. [via Hot Hardware]