Alternative Mobile Operating Systems and the Open XC API

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The Rise of Open Source Mobile OS Platforms

The mobile OS war has been won. Android and iOS have captured the market. Windows Phone and BB10 are battling for market share. However, just when you thought it was over, several open source mobile OS platforms have begun to emerge on the scene. Could one of them be the new Android? This month's event will focus on alternative Mobile operating systems including the new FirefoxOS, as well as providing information on Ford Motor Company's OpenXC API.

The OpenSource Mobile OS Platforms

Mozilla's new mobile operating system, FirefoxOS, has been designed from Day 1 to show the world that the web can be the platform. Everything on the Firefox phone runs using web technologies, even when net connectivity is not available.

Jared Wein, Senior Software Engineer on the Mozilla FireFox front-end team, will explore the rationale for Mozilla to enter the mobile operating system space. Jared will also show how Mozilla has opened the full hardware stack up to developers, and has given web developers as much access to the phone hardware as "native" application developers have achieved on other mobile platforms.

The presentation will also incorporate some novel application discovery mechanisms as part of the consumer experience overview, and will feature a demonstration of the Firefox phone.

Randy Nunez from Ford will also provide information on a variety of additional open source mobile OS platforms that are catching the attention of the developer community.


Another presentation will focus on OpenXC. OpenXC is an API to your car - by installing a small hardware module to read and translate metrics from a car's internal network, the data becomes accessible from Android applications using the Open XC library. You can start making vehicle-aware applications that have better interfaces based on context, can minimize distraction while driving, are integrated with other connected services, and can offer more insight into a vehicle's operation. Chris Peplin, technical leader of the open-source project and Ford research engineer, will present an overview of the project, describe what you need to get started (very little!), and demo some interesting applications of vehicle data using the platform.

The meeting is FREE to attend, though reservations are required for security and catering purposes.

FREE parking is available to those who utilize Compuware's parking deck and have their parking stub validated when signing in at the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (, Mobile Monday Michigan ( and Compuware (

About our speakers:

Jared Wein

Jared Wein joined Mozilla 2011 as a Senior Software Engineer on the Mozilla Firefox front-end team. He has contributed to the development of desktop Firefox, and three major mobile platforms: Firefox for Android, FirefoxOS, and Firefox for Windows Metro.

Jared has a Bachelors of Computer Science ('08) and a Masters of Computer Science ('11) from Michigan State University. After working from the Mozilla headquarters in Mountain View, CA, Jared moved back to Michigan, and currently works remotely in East Lansing. Prior to joining Mozilla, Jared worked at TechSmith in Okemos, MI.

Randy Nunez

Randy Nunez is a Technical Specialist in Mobile Computing Technologies for Ford Motor Company where he leads the Mobile Computing workstream in researching emerging mobile trends and technologies, performing proofs of concepts for technology prove-out, writing internal technical briefs, and delivering presentations to various audiences. He serves on the advisory board for the Gartner Catalyst Conference, the IDC/IDG Enterprise MobileNext Forum, the US Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the TabTimes Think Tank, and the Enterprise Mobility Forum. He is also assistant organizer and planning committee member for Mobile Monday Detroit and holds memberships with the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Randy has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Telecommunications Option.

Chris Peplin

Chris Peplin is a research (computer) scientist at Ford's Research & Advanced Engineering division, and he is the technical lead for the Open XC project ( ). Chris' background is in web application development, infrastructure and distributed architecture design, and since joining Ford two years ago, has focused on Android services, microcontrollers and open source community management.

About the companies represented by our speakers:


Mozilla is a free software ( community best known for producing the Firefox (, the web browser that is developed by many contributors from all over the world. Some contributors are paid for their contributions while others are volunteers.

The Mozilla community uses, develops, spreads and supports Mozilla products and works to advance the goals of the Open Web ( described in the Mozilla Manifesto. The community is supported institutionally by the Mozilla Foundation ( and its tax-paying subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation (

In addition to the Firefox browser, Mozilla also produces Firefox Mobile (, the Firefox OS ( mobile operating system, the bug tracking system Bugzilla (, and a number of other projects. More information can be found at


Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, MI manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit