Open source software provider Mozilla has released details of the first Firefox OS smartphones prior to their commercial launch. The Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open will be launched by European operator groups Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, in Poland and Spain respectively,in thecoming weeks. Both operators said they hope the devices will form part of a line-up that will bring more choice to the smartphone ecosystem.
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has joined forces with Mozilla to develop and promote Firefox OS as an open and HTML5-based platform for smart TVs.
Chinese infrastructure kit and device maker ZTE has announced that it will sell its Firefox OS smartphone, unlocked, direct to eBay UK and eBay US users for just £59.99 ($79.99 through the US site).
In a push to generate momentum around its mobile operating system, open source software developer Mozilla is releasing free Firefox OS handsets to developers ahead of the commercial launch of the platform later this summer.
The smartphone landscape has benefitted from an infusion of variety this week as handsets running on the Firefox OS appeared on the market, as well as a WhatsApp styled phone from Nokia.
It’s been a big news week for German incumbent operator Deutsche Telekom, not least with the announcement that CEO René Obermann is going Dutch at the end of the year. Obermann, the Pep Guardiola of the telecoms world, is off to ply his trade in the Netherlands, at Dutch cable operator Ziggo. We already knew Obermann’s time at DT was coming to an end, with the firm announcing last December that he would leave at the close of 2013.
The chief executives of Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telefónica, America Movil and Deutsche Telekom were all on hand at a Mozilla press conference on Sunday evening in Barcelona to voice their enthusiasm for the Firefox browser developer’s new HTML5-based smartphone OS.
Software firm and browser developer Mozilla claims industry support is growing behind its plans to launch an open operating system based on HTML5. On Monday the company confirmed the OS will use the Firefox brand and is designed to power smartphones “built entirely to open web standards,” where all of the device’s capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications.
Telefónica Digital has announced a new deal with Firefox browser-maker Mozilla on the first day of Mobile World Congress 2012. The two firms have collaborated to create a new mobile platform, which will see a host of HTML 5 based devices running on the open web entering the market.
Web browser developer Mozilla, creator of Firefox, has revealed plans to bring its own offering to the mobile table. To date, Mozilla’s foray into the mobile space has been through fairly niche channels. A Mozilla-based browser is already available for the the Nokia N800 and Firefox is a key part of Ubuntu Mobile, part of [...]