Mozilla to Develop Mobile OS

Mozilla has announced plans for its own Mobile OS, Boot to Gecko or B2G for short. This is going to be somewhat based off the Android platform, but unlike the Android platform, B2G is going to be fully open source.The goal is to have apps which are not restricted to Android, iPhone or WP7 (Windows Phone 7) platforms and can run on a customizable and open source mobile OS.

….as Andreas Gal, a project member, explains: “At some point Android used to be at least available source where Google would publish secretly/internally developed source code/technology after the fact as products ship, but even those times seem to be over now. I would love to boot my custom Android build on my Galaxy Tab 10, but no luck, Google refuses to release the source. ”

Mozilla believes that the web can displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for application development. To make open web technologies a better basis for future applications on mobile and desktop alike, we need to keep pushing the envelope of the web to include — and in places exceed — the capabilities of the competing stacks in question.