Mozilla has previewed its new Firefox operating system, a open-source OS designed to make the smartphone experience more affordable to consumers.
Everyone has heard of iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, but Firefox OS is slightly different. Smartphones running Firefox OS are built to Open Web standards, which means anyone can develop for it.
Mozilla claims Firefox OS not a new eco system, it works by leveraging developers already using the technology. This appeals to network operators because they can create their own user experience, with services and apps designed for local area.
Gary Kovacs CEO Mozilla states: ‘Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere. With the support of our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion features online.’
Mozilla has teamed up hardware manufacturers ZTE, Alcatel and LG to create the first phones running the Firefox OS and Qualcomm for processors.
Mozilla confirms more ‘are coming’ 17 operators have committed to the OS, including Deutsche Telekom and Telfonica (O2) Debut handsets include the ZTE Fire.
Handets are expected to launch later in 2013, in emerging markets including Brazil, Columbia, Hungary, Mexico, Montinegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venzueal.