Adaptive Path chimes in on Mozilla Phone concept with Aurora browser

By on February 7, 2009 at 3:45 PM.

Adaptive Path chimes in on Mozilla Phone concept with Aurora browser

Well folks, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that Mozilla has clarified what many miscontrued from a post earlier this week. We all knew the Mozilla Phone concept Billy May showed off last week was simply a throw away but what many didn’t catch from the wording of the post, quite understandably, is that the entire project is a throw away for the time being. It was simply a part of Mozilla’s Concept Series and for the time being, Mozilla has no plans to manufacture a handset. Boo. The good news however, is that Mozilla is definitely not completely dismissing the idea of slapping a crowd-sourced phone and OS together at some point:

While Mozilla doesn’t have plans to produce an OS or phone hardware at the moment — this doesn’t mean that either are out of scope for Mozilla Labs and that’s the point of the Concept Series. Everything is on the table.

It is what is it, we suppose. That said, Adaptive Path recently threw its two cents in yesterday and contributed details surrounding its concept for a mobile web browser dubbed Aurora. In the video, Adaptive Path highlights an example of processes that can allow a mobile phone to interact with the “physical environment” through web-based services. In the example, a man snaps a quick photo of a product he is considering as a gift and using a recognition service accessed via his mobile web browser, the man is immediately able to see product information and reviews. Hit the jump for the video and hit Mozilla’s comments section to let them know you want all this open think tanking to eventually become a reality!

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Mozilla thinks outside the box, launches open source Mozilla Phone project

By on February 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM.

Mozilla thinks outside the box, launches open source Mozilla Phone project

It looks like things are about to get heavier than ever in the smartphone world as Mozilla begins work on designing and building what may be the world’s first crowd-sourced mobile handset. Working closely with Aza Ruskin of Mozilla Labs, Yanko Design’s Billy May has been tasked with heading the design aspect of the project and this is where things get interesting. Anyone familiar with YD knows that May certainly has an eye for design but that doesn’t mean he should go it alone, right? In true Mozilla fashion, the company will begin designing its first ever handset – dubbed Mozilla Phone for the time being – with help and guidance from anyone and everyone. May and company have launched a new blog dedicated to the project where concepts will be tossed about, loved, hated and hashed out until various design elements and concepts get enough love to find their way to the finished product. The first design, posed by May, is basically a BlackBerry with OLED-driven keys that make ModeShift look like a rotary phone. While the design is a throw away, the concept is awesome – a mobile handset with a keypad that will truly and completely morph and shape itself around the task at hand. No, this design will never see the light of day – at least not any time soon – but concepts and elements will certainly be drawn from it and applied to new designs as the project progresses. If you love Mozilla products as much as we do, we highly recommend hitting the read link and getting involved. Of course first you should hit the jump for a few more shots of the Optimus Berryus.

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