The smartphone space is dominated by Android and iOS at the moment, but organizations including Canonical, Mozilla, Samsung, and Jolla have been trying to build alternatives. So far none has even managed to get the same kind of meager market share that less popular operating platforms BlackBerry or Windows Phone are holding on to.
But the folks at Acadine Technologies are going to give things a try anyway.
Acadine is headed by former Mozilla employee Li Gong, and the company’s new H5OS software for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and internet of things devices is based on Firefox OS.
So what makes Acadine different? The company has received $100 million in funding so far, which gives the organization a bit of runway.
And while H5OS is based on the open source Firefox OS (and more than half of Acadine’s employees used to work at Mozilla), it’s possible that the new startup could take a different approach toward the software than Mozilla.
Mozilla, meanwhile, has been shifting its focus for Firefox OS devices. The organization has scrapped plans to develop a $25 phone, is considering adding support for Android apps, and generally wants to focus on making Firefox OS attractive because of its features, not because it’s used on dirt cheap phones.
Firefox OS 2.5 is scheduled to launch in November, when it will bring new features including a mobile “view source” option for web pages, improved security, and a new system that lets you add user interface and phone features through Firefox-style extensions or add-ons.