Hello Firefox OS Enthusiasts. As you may know, Mozilla has initiated the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB), formed by leading mobile phone carriers and manufacturers: Mozilla, Deutsche Telekom, LG, Mozilla, Qualcomm, TCL/Alcatel OneTouch, Telefonica, Sony Mobile, Telenor, KDDI, Spreadtrum and ZTE in order to create a new standards board to standardize the development and performance of the open Web devices.
Their scope is to help manufacturers get Firefox OS devices in the market faster, minimize the manufacturer’s cost for compatibility testing and ensure API compliance of web devices.
This initiative is similar to Google’s Open Handset Alliance, which scope was the standardization of Android.
For those who don’t know yet, Firefox OS is a new Linux based mobile operating system, built by using the new HTML5 technology by the Mozilla developers. For now, it is used as default on smartphones with modest hardware specs, developed by LG, ZTE, Alcatel and Geeksphone. The next Firefox OS based phone will be Huawei Ascend Y300II, which has better hardware specs than all the existing smartphones using Mozilla’s OS. It has been also ported experimentally on the Google Nexus 7 tablet, but there are some apps that don’t work yet.
Also, there are rumors that Tizen and Firefox OS will unify, in order to have more chances to become important Android and iOS competitors.