Mozilla Firefox OS At The 2013 MWC

  • HTML5-based apps
  • Strong emphasis on search
  • Support from carriers and manufacturers

Mozilla’s Firefox OS for smartphones was officially launched yesterday at MWC and was showcased on two devices from Alcatel and ZTE.

  • HTML5-based apps
  • Strong emphasis on search
  • Support from carriers and manufacturers

Mozilla’s Firefox OS for smartphones was officially launched yesterday at MWC and was showcased on two devices from Alcatel and ZTE.

Firefox OS uses HTML-5 based apps that run on the shared technology current available with the Firefox browser and initially targets the entry level market segment. According to reports, Mozilla’s goal is to create an open source OS that will enable web developers to easily create apps for and post them on the Firefox Marketplace.

Currently, the operating system is still at its early stages and supports only a few features that are usually found in most smartphones these days. For the meantime, supported features of the OS include video calling over Web RTC – a browser-based tech, also available on the Android Firefox Aurora App and support for basic apps like Facebook and Twitter, and games from EA Mobile and Disney Mobile Games.

Reports have also sited that Mozilla is proud to announce that they have deals with 18 operators in place, a partnership with Qualcomm to use the Snapdragon chipsets and four manufacturers, namely: ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei.

Conversely, Alcatel and ZTE have already announced their Firefox OS-powered phones at MWC – the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open.

The Alcatel One Touch Fire features a 1GHz processor with 256MB of RAM, a 3.5” screen, 3.2-megapixel camera, 512 MB storage with support for microSD expansion.

On the other hand, the ZTE Open features relatively the same specs as the One Fire which include a 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor, 256 MB of RAM, 512 MB of storage with 2GB microSD card preloaded, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, FM Radio and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

LG and Huawei are set to announce their Firefox OS phones soon.

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