Mozilla is gearing up for the launch of its own mobile operating system, which should land on shelves sometime in early 2013. Called Firefox OS
, the platform would be loaded on handsets coming from various partners, Mozilla has confirmed. Moreover, Rob Hawkes, a technical evangelist at Mozilla, has published
a photo of the new OS, although only the lock screen can be seen there.
The platform was loaded on a Galaxy S II smartphone from Samsung, which shows that it will come with support for mid- to high-end hardware configurations.
According to Mozilla, the operating system is meant to power highly affordable handsets when launched, thus opening the door to the smartphone garden to far more users than before.
The Firefox OS, which was initially unveiled to the world as the Boot2Gecko project, is based on web technologies and is aimed at remaining an open platform right through the end.