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.
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.
Open source software developer Canonical has established a Carrier Advisory Group for its Ubuntu smartphone OS. The group is to be led by David Wood, a former Psion engineer and one of the founder members of the original Symbian collaboration.
The Google-backed Android OS will account for almost 50 per cent of the smartphone market by the end of 2012, according to Gartner research, giving it an enormous lead on its competitors. Gartner forecasts that Android sales will hit 310 million in 2012 as the smartphone market surges to 630.5 million devices for the year.
Motorola Mobility is rumoured to be working on its own mobile operating system based on web technologies such as HTML5, which would make it easier for developers to port Android and Apple applications to its devices.
The mobile handset OS market has changed greatly in the last three years. The most striking shifts in the OS landscape have occurred in the smartphone segment, where the factors critical to success have changed dramatically. Rather than seeking the traditional phone-centric experience, today’s smartphone user expects a device to not only offer leading hardware and software performance, but to be more customizable than ever before, through a large number of downloadable mobile applications.
Issue 158 April 2009
WiMAX – It’s crunch time for the flagship WiMAX carriers, in particular US firm Clearwire.
Chris Bannister: The CEO of Polish operator Play talks to MCI about breaking into a saturated market.
Boris Nemsic: As he moves to Russian carrier Vimpelcom, Boris Nemsic reflects on 13 years at Telekom Austria.