More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Boot to Gecko Now Booting on the Motorola Defy
For those unfamiliar, Boot to Gecko (B2G for short) is a mobile operating system currently being developed by Mozilla. According to Mozilla, the purpose of the OS is as follows:
We believe that the next frontier for Web applications is full device integration, so that Web developers have the same capabilities as those building for OS-specific stacks. Boot To Gecko is intended to identify those missing device capabilities and other application needs, and design standardized solutions for app developers to use.
What that translates to is more options for mobile users in terms of what kind of operating system they choose to run. There may come a time when there are devices capable of running Boot 2 Gecko, Android, and the newly open sourced webOS. The winners in all this are the end users and developers, who will have more stuff to play with than ever before.
Earlier this year, we brought you news of B2G being ported to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Afterward, it kind of disappeared for awhile. It’s back again, this time on the Motorola Defy. Posted by XDA Recognized Contributor m11kkaa, the ROM is still pretty rough. It is booting, and the touchscreen and sound work. Unfortunately, those are the only things that work.
This ROM isn’t usable as a daily driver, and likely won’t be for quite some time. However, the bugs are being worked out, as development continues and more developers get interested in the project. It may only be a matter of time before Defy users have fully functioning B2G on their devices. For more info, check out the original thread.
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