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Mozilla reveals first Firefox OS phones

Mozilla on Sunday revealed the first phones to arrive powered by its HTML5-focused Firefox OS mobile operating system.

At a press conference at Mobile World Congress at which The INQUIRER was in attendance, Mozilla revealed the first Firefox OS phones, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Fire, which will be released in summer this year.

LG and Huawei have also signed up to build Firefox phones, the company added, although we’re yet to catch a glimpse of handsets from either company.

While Mozilla haven’t been all that keen to talk up specs, it today revealed that these two phones will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and will come with Nokia’s Here Maps application preloaded, alongside deep Facebook integration.

The firm also talked up its Firefox Marketplace where users can download apps such as Cut the Rope, although was keen to point out that users will be able to download apps straight from developers – the main focus of its Firefoc OS software.

Tony Cripps, principal device analyst at Ovum comments that he thinks Firefox OS is off to a good start, despite such fierce competition in the mobile ecosystem

He said, “Firefox OS has achieved something that no device software platform has previously managed – translating an industry talking shop into a huge commitment from both carriers and hardware vendors at its commercial launch. Neither Android nor Symbian – the closest benchmarks in terms of broad industry sponsorship that we’ve previously seen – have rallied the level of support that Firefox OS has achieved so early in its development.

“That is a huge achievement for what, in fairness, has looked like an underdog among the plethora of alternative software platforms currently vying to power the so-called “third ecosystem”.

Mozilla’s first Firefox OS phones, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and ZTE Fire, will make their debut in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela.

Check back soon for our hands-on with Firefox OS.

via The Inquirer


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