News by Dan Seifert on Thursday February 16, 2012.
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Last year, Mozilla announced a project called Boot2Gecko that is essentially a mobile operating system built with existing web development tools. Now we have our first look at the Gaia UI that Boot2Gecko will use, and Mozilla has promised more announcements to come at Mobile World Congress later this month.
Mozilla isn't straying too far from the user interface paradigms we are used to with Android and iOS, as Boot2Gecko's base interface features a basic grid of icons on a screen that represent apps. There is a notification bar at the top that can be pulled down with a swipe, a la Android or iOS, and the pages of apps are horizontally scrollable. Default apps include a browser, maps, and basic photo, video, and music apps. What is most interesting is that the interface is built using HTML5 and CSS coding tools, so it is highly customizable.
Mozilla's road map has a final product slated for release in Q2 2012, and the company says that it will make some major partner announcements at MWC in a couple of weeks. Given the level of customization on tap with Boot2Gecko, it can be easy to see how a device manufacturer or carrier might be interested in the platform. [via Ars Technica and Engadget]
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