Mozilla is ready to tackle the global handset market, as the company announced that its first line of Firefox OS smartphones for consumers will be coming to the market soon. Partners Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica will release the first Firefox OS devices, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, soon.
Telefonica will begin selling the ZTE Open on Tuesday for $90 with a prepaid subscription, according to the PCWorld. Details about future launches of different phones and from other carriers have yet to be disclosed. Telefonica did tell PCWorld, however, that the company expects LG Electronics, Huawei Technologies, and Sony to also offer smartphones based on Mozilla’s platform eventually.
The launch of Mozilla’s new mobile OS not only marks the company’s first attempt at fostering a mobile platform, it is also the first mobile platform that will power devices completely via web technologies.
Firefox OS offers all the functionality expected of a mobile platform with calls, messaging, email, and camera. The platform also offers built-in social features with Facebook, Twitter and HERE maps with offline capabilities and smart walking. The most notable feature of Firefox OS is its adaptive search, which will allow the device to quickly change to meet the needs of its users without the need to download apps. For example, searching for music will pull up a list of your favorite songs, the means to purchase and download the song, and show availability of concert tickets for that band.
Firefox OS will come with Firefox Marketplace, which will offer HTML5 apps for the mobile platform. Similar to other app stores, the Firefox Marketplace has different categories for its apps, including games, news and media, music and audio, and business and productivity. For more information about the platform, be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Firefox OS.
Source: PC World