WSJ: ‘Backers Tout Firefox OS as Open Mobile Option’

Don Clark, writing for WSJ Digits:

The non-profit foundation hosted an event for reporters in San Francisco Thursday with one of its supporters–the Spanish telecommunications company Telefonicato give an update on plans for an operating system called Firefox OS. They see it as a more open alternative to Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android software, the dominant choices in smartphones. […]

“Rather than build things in secret, we tell the world what we are going to do and invite participation,” said Gary Kovacs, Mozilla’s CEO. “It is the exact inverse of the traditional model.” […]

Some of the first handsets using Firefox OS should appear next year, the companies said.

Allow me to append to my year-ago quip: Open beats closed, every time. Except when discussing money or ship dates.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012