On Monday we wrote about Boot to Gecko and its announcements and discussing how the Web is the Platform. Today we’ll look at Gaia, Mozilla’s user interface for Boot to Gecko, which is an extension of that.
Boot to Gecko is the core
First, let’s start by clarifying that Boot to Gecko is the low-level workings of the phone, exposing a number of APIs. On top of that you will be able to have any interface layer you want, and already Telefonica have developed one and Mozilla has Gaia. This makes it a very powerful and versatile solution, and we look forward to a lot of innovative ideas!
A look at Gaia
Yesterday, Josh Carpenter, who is the Lead Designer for Boot to Gecko, posted a number of screenshots for how the Gaia interface looks like. All the screenshots are of Gaia actually in action, implemented today! Here are a few examples:
In the words of Josh:
Performance and responsiveness are crucial to quality mobile user experience. The immediacy of touch input demands equal immediacy in device response. We’re just not as patient as we used to be. In response (and full agreement), the Boot to Gecko project has made performance a fundamental project priority, and our engineers have already achieved impressive results. On even modest hardware we’re seeing competitive boot times, hardware accelerated CSS animation, smooth video playback with transparent overlays, prioritized responsiveness, and more. We are fully committed to empowering an explosion of Web-based UX creativity.
This means that the possibilities of tweaking the user experience, in any implementation, but also just for yourself, is a viable option. It’s your device, and you deserve the experience you want!
Gaia is all open!
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