Telefonica today unveiled prototype hardware running Mozilla's browser-based 'Boot to Gecko' operating system for smartphones at a press conference today at the Mobile World Congress show (see CNET News roundup) in Barcelona, Spain.
Here's a video demonstration of the current hardware and software.
Based on the above demo, I'm left asking myself a few questions:
- Where does Mozilla see this fitting into the bigger smartphone picture? How will it get a foot in the door?
- Who's the target audience? This seems to me more like a feature phone than a smartphone OS.
- How does it fit into the current market (in particular when pitted against iOS and Android)?
- Does Mozilla have the cash backing to have a shot at bringing this to market and making a success of it?
- Is Mozilla too late to the game? Market seems very tightly stitched up to me.
- How many hardware partners is Mozilla hoping to bring on board?
- Has Mozilla considered the litigation dangers of entering into such a fiercely competitive market?
Interesting demo, but B2G obviously has a long way to go still and there are still a huge number of questions that remain unanswered.
What do you think?