Mozilla’s HTML 5 based Boot 2 Gecko is getting traction with Alcatel and ZTE jumping on the bandwagon to produce the first ever devices running the mobile OS.
At MWC 2012 Mozilla announced the first ever Boot 2 Gecko devices are going to launch in Brazil by the carrier Vivo. Now, the project has been backed up globally and carriers such as Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and Telenor are also going to start offering devices.
Furthermore, all Boot 2 Gecko phones will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. Sadly, there isn’t any information detailing which chips exactly will be put to use.
If Mozilla’s Boot 2 Gecko project continues to attract partners with this speed, it may become a real player in the mobile OS scene. But to hang out with the big boys, it’ll first need to get mature enough and launch some powerful Boot 2 Gecko smartphones to go with a strong application marketplace.
For now, it seems Mozilla are focusing on the former and the very first devices will be targeting the entry-level market. We’ll have to wait and see until early 2013 when the first handsets are expected to hit the market.