Firefox OS-powered Smartphones Coming Next Year
Article by George Norman
On 03 Jul 2012
There is an exciting newcomer in the smartphone marketplace: Mozilla. As soon as next year, smartphones powered by Firefox OS will become available for purchase. The company received backing to push on with its development of a Firefox-branded mobile operating system.

Earlier this week Mozilla announced that its plans to release a Firefox OS (operating system) received global support; that its plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5 are backed by leading global network operators such as Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Smart, Telecom Italia, Etisalat, Telefónica and Telenor.

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TCL Communication Technology (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE will manufacturer smartphones that will be powered by the aforementioned Firefox OS and by Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm Incorporated. These smartphones, as Mozilla explained, will be built entirely to open web standards and will be moderately priced.

When can we expect to see the first Firefox OS-powered smartphones on the market? The answer to that question is 2013. Vivo, Telefónica’s commercial brand, will release the first Firefox Os-powered devices in early 2013 – in Brazil.

“The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”

In related news, Mozilla recently announced that it updated Firefox for Android to version 14.0 and touted the fact that this is a powerful upgrade that makes browsing the web on a mobile device considerably easier and a lot faster. Read more about this topic here.




Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, HTML5, smartphone, Brazil, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Smart, Telecom Italia, Etisalat, Telefónica, Telenor, Vivo, Alcatel, TCL Communication Technology, ZTE
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