Mozilla Firefox Roadshow featuring B2G or Boot to Gecko (Firefox OS)
Last August 22, my colleagues Art De Guzman, Angel Balano and I attended the first Mozilla Firefox OS (B2G) Roadshow in the Philippines at Valero Telepark, Makati City.
Hosted by Mozilla Community Philippines, the event showcase HTML5 technologies and the upcoming Firefox OS, an open-source mobile operating system for mobile and tablet devices.
For the first talk, Mozilla Philippines Community Manager, Jun Barrun, Jr., gave an introduction to Mozilla products, advocacy and communities. He shared:
“Mozilla is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands. They are global community of users, contributors and developers working to innovate on your behalf that when you use Firefox, or any Mozilla product, you become a part of that community, helping us build a brighter future for the Web.”
Barrun also discussed the latest release of Firefox (Stable Version) which is 14.0 and their other three releases such as Nightly Built, Aurora, Firefox (Beta Version). He said that we can contribute to these releases such as add-ons, themes and other plug-ins.
Moreover, Bob Reyes, Mozilla Philippines Regional Localization leader presented the Firefox OS formerly known as the Boot to Gecko (B2G) project. In his presentation, he showed how HTML5 plays a major role in Firefox OS. He shared that the icons were built using HTML5 and CSS3.
He then pointed some of the features of Firefox OS:
- New web APIs: build prototype APIs for exposing device and OS capabilities to content (Telephony, SMS, Camera, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.)
- Privilege model: making sure that these new capabilities are safely exposed to pages and applications
- Booting: prototype a low-level substrate for mobile devices (phones and tablets)
- Applications: choose and port or build apps to prove out and prioritize the power of the system.
You can read more about the Firefox OS at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/b2g
Lastly, Michelle Santos of Globe Labs talked about the Globe Developers community. She offered the different Globe Labs API (Application Program Interface) that developers can use for their projects such as SMS, video chat, games, and other applications.
Here are some photos during the event: