By now, you may have heard the news that Mozilla, creators of Firefox and Thunderbird, are working on a mobile OS to rival Google’s own efforts. This is a big challenge to the immense tech entity that is Google, but Mozilla might have the tech-talent to pull it off.
If it does, what are the implications? Well, other than you booting up to Boot to Gecko (Mozilla’s name for their new project) every time you go to check Amazon or www.Partypoker.com, there will likely be a few features to attempt to separate the operating system from its counterpart.
Another aim of theirs is to try and ensure that Android can run the Mozilla mobile OS. We can’t see Google making it particularly easy for them, despite Android’s open-source nature. Google giving away their main avdantage in the mobile market seems somewhat unlikely.
However, it might be nice to have more choices in the mobile operating system market, as things feel a little one (or if you count Apple, two) sided right now. Mozilla have a habit of producing some very innovative features and software, so it’ll be interesting to see a… Boot to Gecko Book? We have no idea what to call this either.
The community have had a mixed response, and in addition to the predictable enthusiasm shown by those loyal to the Mozilla brand, there are also those that feel that ChromeBooks are a niche concept as is, and that any more entering the market may find that the response may not actually be worth the investment.
Of course, as with all developments of a renown-brand nature, time will tell. But ChromeBook users might just find themselves tempted away from their regular Google experience.
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