One of the most surprising appearances at this year’s Mobile World Congress was Firefox OS. For a scrappy little operating system developed entirely on open web standards, Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox OS sure got a surprising amount of attention.
And it wasn’t only tech bloggers who were excited about it; big carriers like Spain’s Telefonica and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom have announced that they will be ranging smartphones running Firefox OS, while manufacturers like LG, Huawei, ZTE, and even Sony have announced their interest and even commitment to the project.
While it’s easy to dismiss Firefox OS as the pipe dream of a handful of starry-eyed open source fanatics, the fact that the new operating system received such a warm welcome from big names in the business suggests that there is true potential to it. And, remember, Android was a scrappy little open source project once.
At MWC, Darcy got to talk with a spokesman for Mozilla Foundation, who was kind enough to give us a demo of Firefox OS running on a low-end ZTE device. Mozilla clearly has its workout cut out with Firefox OS, but, judging from what you can see in the video below, there’s already plenty of good stuff in there.
Let us know what you make of the new Firefox OS.