A brief hands on with Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko”
Because its inception, Mozilla has been a champion for the open internet. Many of the advances that have been created on the internet over the final year have been largely in part to encouragement, improvement, and lobbying from Mozilla. As such, the contemporary net has enjoyed items like HTML5, and the promotion of open supply on the internet as a normal. As the technologies ecosystem has grown, several customers have added smartphone use to their daily net access approaches. As Mozilla watched the smartphone ecosystem develop, it became clear to them that they needed to support foster the exact same sense of openness enjoyed by today’s net users on the mobile landscape. To accomplish this, Mozilla announced project Boot to Gecko.
Boot to Gecko, which we are told is just the project name, and will not be the name of the OS when released, is an open supply operating method Mozilla hopes to put on smartphones. The Linux-based OS focuses on a mainly HTML5 driven environment, exactly where every thing you do exists on the internet. In reality, your house page, dialer, and apps are all HTML5 and operate towards the target of removing the limitations of a locked in atmosphere that can only be written in specific techniques. Mozilla documents every step of the process so far with Boot to Gecko and their UI, presently named Gaia, on their site.
We were briefly supplied some time with Boot to Gecko during CTIA: All Things Mobile. As everything is run in HTML5, and the UI is incredibly quickly. Swiping past the lockscreen and by means of the dialer, battery data, and jumping to the browser was just as rapidly as we’ve knowledgeable with current Snapdragon S4 handsets, like the HTC 1 X.
As it exists right now, the Gaia UI can be seen as fairly comparable to Android in some respects, but altogether has some really genuine potential to supply users a excellent encounter.
That is it for now — like we said, the hands-on was short — but we’re on the ground at CTIA and ought to have more time with B2G before the week is over.