Mozilla is getting into the smartphone OS business. Firefox OS for smartphones, and I`m betting tablets aren`t far behind will be completely open-source and rely on HTML5 standard as its guts. Touted as having a much smaller footprint than IOS or Android presumably this will not need the hardware requirements that seem to jump every year. Mozilla also stated that third party developers would be free to sell mobile apps without needing to share revenue.
"The real barrier here is not necessarily a technical one, it's scale," said John Jackson, an analyst with research firm IDC. Mozilla will need to attract large numbers of consumers and app developers if it hopes to avoid the fate of previous mobile operating system hopefuls, such as Palm's WebOS, now owned by Hewllet-Packard.
But "the world's computing experiences are going mobile and when they get to the mobile environment, they're happening on a platform that's controlled by either Apple or Google," said Jackson. "There's a universe of content and service providers that have an interest in seeing a more neutral platform materialize."
very interesting, the mobile space is starting to get crowded. Ubuntu, Tizen, and Firefox OS