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MWC 2013 – Mozilla launches Firefox OS with two smartphones
Mozilla has been teasing with the Firefox OS for quite some time now and well the company has just officially lifted the curtains of its upcoming Firefox OS. At MWC 2013, Mozilla has launched the Firefox OS and the company even unveiled not one but two smartphones running the new mobile operating system.
The company also announced that they have deals with 18 operators in place, a partnership with Qualcomm to use the Snapdragon chipsets and four manufacturers – ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei. The first two also showcased phones with Firefox OS at the MWC.
Mozilla Firefox OS
Mozilla Firefox OS uses HTML5-based apps that run on technology shared with the Firefox browser and initially targets the entry level segment. The goal is to create an open source OS, that web developers can easily create apps for and post them on the Firefox Marketplace.
You can check out Marketplace if you have Firefox Aurora for Android. There you’ll find social networking apps for Facebook and Twitter, Nokia’s HERE mapping solution, Box integration, games from EA Mobile and Disney Mobile Games.
The Mozilla Firefox OS has the same commitment to privacy, security and customizations that the Firefox browser is known for and places a strong emphasis on search. Firefox OS also supports video calling over Web RTC – a browser-based tech, also available on the Android Firefox Aurora app. It will eventually make its way to desktop browsers too (Firefox and Chrome at least).
Although the company has announced the two smartphones, Indian shouldn’t get particularly excited as these smartphones will be first released in China and Latin America. Then they might make their debut in Poland followed by Europe, but there are no news or indications of a Mozilla smartphone making an India debut anytime soon.