Mozilla Launches Firefox OS, Says Firefox OS Smartphones are Coming Soon
Article by George Norman
On 01 Jul 2013
Mozilla today announced the launch of Firefox OS and said that Firefox OS-powered smartphones will be released soon in select countries.

Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, today announced the launch of the new Firefox OS mobile operating system. This is an OS developed on the premise that smartphone users should be able to enjoy the power of the open web on their mobile devices. All the things people need from a smartphone are provided out of the box by Firefox OS. And since it is an extension of the Firefox desktop, the mobile OS provides all the same level of security, privacy, customization, and user control you've come to enjoy from Firefox.


“The launch of Firefox OS marks an incredibly exciting time for the Web. Firefox OS powers the first smartphones built entirely on Web technologies and will stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation for the Web,” says Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer. “We are proud to deliver an experience for first time smartphone users that will delight them and really put the power of the Web in people’s hands.”

Smartphones powered by Mozilla’s mobile operating system will be released soon. And to be more precise, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica will release the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fire and the ZTE Open in Central and Eastern Europe later this year.

“We are excited that with the upcoming launch in Poland Deutsche Telekom is leading the go to market for the Firefox OS mobile device”, says Claudia Nemat, Board member for Europe and Technology at Deutsche Telekom. “The launch of the first Firefox smartphones in Europe is an important step on the way to more innovation and to more competition between the different ecosystems. We rely on open platforms because we want to create freedom of choice on behalf of our customers.”

“We believe that smartphones need to be more open and that the Web is the platform for making this possible. Consumers should not be locked to any one system but have the choice to consume the content they want and the flexibility to be able to take it with them when they change devices. This week marks a key turning point for the industry as we launch the first commercial Firefox OS devices in Spain. This is just the beginning as we bring Firefox OS to more and more of our markets across an expanding range of smartphones,” José María Álvarez Palette, Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica said

In related news, Mozilla updated the Firefox logo. Get Firefox 23 Beta, which has just recently been rolled out and you will see that the browser has a revamped logo.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox OS, operating system, mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Alcatel, ZTE
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