Mozilla has made further headway in the development of its open source smartphone operating system, revealing partnerships with both Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom.
Mozilla is using the Gecko engine that powers its Firefox browser to underpin the new operating system, which will run initially on Telefonica devices.
The project, which was launched last year and dubbed the Boot to Gecko project, aims to promote the use of open web technologies so that developers can build better web applications, coded in HTML5, for mobile devices.
The project is being heralded as a major step forward for the progression of HTML5, as well as open source technology.
Mozilla and Telefonica will run the new operating system on a platform based on Qualcomm chips and also has support from Adobe.
"These devices, architected entirely on the web and built based on HTML5 stack with powerful web APIs, will mean significant advances for speed and cost reduction for mobile devices in the future," said the Mozilla blog.
Mozilla also said Deutsche Telekom would be contributing resources to the Boot to Gecko project, and that whole project is currently being proposed to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for standardisation.
"Since the beginning it has been our mission as an organisation to develop and bring about a completely open and standards-based web as a platform for innovation," added the Mozilla blog.
Mozilla has put a video on YouTube, giving a sneak preview of the new mobile platform in action, also embedded below.
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