MWC 2013: First Firefox OS phones ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire are here
| by Nikhil Subramaniam |
Mozilla officially announced its Firefox OS and the first two retail smartphones to run the open source OS at the Mobile World Congress yesterday. The company has tied up with chipset maker Qualcomm to use the Snapdragon SoCs in the Firefox phones. It also announced tie-ups with four manufacturers—ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei, and the first two have already showcased phones running Firefox OS: the ZTE Open and the Alcatel One Touch Fire.
Firefox Marketplace apps will be powered by cloud services to enable easy transition across devices and platforms. It will have popular apps such as AccuWeather, Airbnb, Pulse News, SoundCloud, SporTV, Terra and Time Out, as well as tailored, local apps that are relevant to users in their respective regions. Web developers can also turn a website into an HTML5 app through Mozilla's development kit. Firefox OS supports video calling over Web RTC, a browser-based technology that's also available on the Android Firefox Aurora app.
Firefox OS screenshots
Alcatel One Touch Fire
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