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Mozilla and KaiOS Technologies announced a partnership this week that will benefit both companies. KaiOS is based on a relatively old version of Mozilla’s Gecko engine; version 48, released in 2016 is still the base of the operating system. While the technology works fine for the most part, important features and developments such as TLS 1.3, WebAssembly, or Progressive Web Apps, are not supported by the current version.
The partnership will change that as Mozilla and KaiOS plan to introduce these new features in the mobile operating system. All changes will be released as open source according to the press release on the KaiOS website.”https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/14/firefox-os-successor-mozilla-and-kaios-announce-partnership/
Newer software often requires more powerful hardware, but KaiOS said the Gecko modernization won’t be a problem. ‘The latest iterations of Gecko improve memory efficiency, and we’re contributing our expertise in this area to ensure that the updates run smoothly on all KaiOS-enabled devices,’ the company said.”https://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-helps-modernize-feature-phones-powered-by-firefox-tech/
In this blog post I take a look at the legacy of the B2G project, some of the devices you can buy today running B2G code, and other related efforts which still continue inside and outside Mozilla.
Probably the most notable fork of the B2G source code is KaiOS from KaiOS Technologies. It was started in 2016 with a team of 30 people and has since grown to have offices in France, Germany, Taiwan, India, Brazil, Hong Kong and mainland China in addition to its headquarters in the US.”https://medium.com/@bfrancis/the-legacy-of-firefox-os-c58ec32d94f0
Google’s trio of apps are also quite impressive, starting with YouTube. It’s pretty much a web app that gives you access to your home menu, subscriptions, playlists, and account information. There are several omissions though…”https://www.androidauthority.com/kaios-phone-review-979286/