An Alternative to iOS & Android?
Rival BlackBerry is struggling to bring out its competing BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system upgrade and confirmed that it has to cut 5,000 jobs. Google, meanwhile, breezed out with a mobile OS update for its first own-brand tablet.
But we might be seeing some movement in mobile operating systems, as Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) back Mozilla 's Firefox mobile OS.
On the face of it, the OS has features that vendors and carriers like: It's open-source, license-free and runs cross-platform because it is based on HTML5.
It's not quite that simple, as a reader points out: HTML5 support is not created equal in all browsers and apps have been said to run slower than they would on dedicated code.
If operators really do like open alternatives to iOS and Windows Phone 8 and more free choice than just Android, however, then it seems like Firefox at least has a chance to become a contender.
What say you?
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile