Here is an interesting peace of news – Mozilla is thinking of making an open “Open Web as a platform for mobile devices” as they call it, named Boot to Gecko project.
An interesting first look into this project in on lockergnome website – full link : A (Very) Early Look at Mozilla’s Boot2Gecko Mobile OS .
The answer of an question on Mozilla Wiki make me think …
Is B2G based on Android?
No. B2G uses some of the same low-level building blocks used in Android (Linux kernel, libusb, etc) in order to reduce the burden on ODMs/OEMs to bring up B2G on new hardware. However, B2G is not based on Android, and will not be compatible with the Android stack (in particular B2G will not run Android applications).
The highlights of the project, from Mozilla’s side are :
- New Web Standards – The project will produce an implementation of these new Web standards to free mobile platforms
- Freedom From Proprietary Mobile Platforms.
- Opportunities for Developers – Using HTML5 and the new Mozilla-proposed standard APIs, developers everywhere will be able to create amazing experiences and apps.
- Customization for OEMs & Operators – OEMs and operators will be able to provide content and services across their entire device portfolio, regardless of OS.
- Consumer Freedom – Consumers who use devices based on the Open Web platform will be able to easily access and download their own content regardless of which OS they use.
This is certainly an interesting project to watch in the future !
Google just announced the beta version for Chrome for Android (see http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/android/index.html)
The installation instructions are at http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2393487&p=mktg_mobile_countries
The software is available for phones and tablets running Android 4.0+ in the following countries, from the Android Market :
- United States
- United Kingdom