Mozilla which is best known for its web-browsers, unveiled the first Firefox OS smartphone at the Mobile World Congress which was recently held in Barcelona.
What makes the Firefox OS the talk of the town?
With 18 operators like China Unicom, Qtel, and América Móvil, the Firefox OS devices will become the world's first 'open web' devices. Mozilla is also partnering with 4 different mobile phone manufactures; Alcatel, LB, ZTE and Huawei to develop Firefox OS smartphones.
According to Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla, "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 people online."
The Firefox OS offers users a more personalized, performance-focused and easy-to-use experience at an affordable price. The Firefox OS device would work like a normal smartphone; making calls, messaging, camera, checking mails and everything that a smartphone does but with a better and improved Firefox browser and the Firefox Marketplace.
The Firefox OS is a HTML5 web-based browser with apps like AccuWeather, Facebook, Twitter, EA Games, Pulse News, SoundCloud and many more. Users can also create a one-time use or downloadable app.
According to the press release issued by Mozilla on the launch of Firefox OS, "Firefox OS smartphones are the first to be built entirely to open Web standards, enabling every feature to be developed as an HTML5 application. Web apps access every underlying capability of the device, bypassing the typical hindrances of HTML5 on mobile to deliver substantial performance. The platform’s flexibility allows carriers to easily tailor the interface and develop localised services that match the unique needs of their customer base."
Well, as far as the launch date for the Firefox OS devices is concerned, there is no specific date. But one thing for sure that this device would first hit the markets in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Sebria, Spain and Venezuela, which would be somewhere later this year.
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