[Updated Apr 11] — Mockups have been posted of Firefox OS 2.0, showing a much improved user interface for a new wave of devices due this summer.
Firefox OS developer Soren Hentzschel has posted some mockup images (google translation) of the upcoming Firefox OS 2.0, which is expected to reach devices this summer. The images, which were picked up by GforGames and others, show completely revamped interfaces for version 2.0′s dialer, email app, calendar and contacts app.
The images display a new lockscreen, as well as new SMS interfaces and other features. It’s a flatter look, with more transparencies, among other changes. There’s also a view of the EverythingMe-based context-sensitive search function.
Leaked Firefox OS 2.0 screens, top-to-bottom:
lockscreen; dialer; contacts; email; sms; calendar; media etc.
(click images to enlarge; source: Soeren-Hentzschel.at)
Firefox OS, currently available in version 1.3, has never been known for its good looks. However, it has jumped out to an early, if modest, lead among mobile Linux operating systems for other reasons. For example, it has already shipped in commercial phones, and is quite usable. It’s dead simple, and re-imagines mobile phones from the start as browser devices. It also manages to squeeze every ounce of power from modest, earlier generation Snapdragon processors.
Now, it seems, Mozilla will adding visual attractiveness and, it appears, intuitive elegance to the mobile Linux’s list of attributes. At least, Mozillans can now change the conversation from the anti-gay marriage views of momentary CEO Brendan Eich. Whether you believe Eich deserved his fate for lining up on the wrong side of history, or was a martyr to political correctness run amok, you know what they say: there’s no such thing as bad publicity.