Earlier on Sunday, we told you that Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs had announced that the Firefox OS would be available in the U.S. sometime in 2014. This year, it will be seen in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela with additional markets expected to be announced soon. Mozilla also announced that the HTML5 based OS will be available in phones produced by ZTE, Huawei, LG and Alcatel and all of them will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (which means that they can use the Qualcomm BatteryGuru).
Search for a movie on Firefox OS and a number of movie related apps appear
Mozilla released a video on Sunday to show off some of the OS in action. One of the interesting features of the OS was displayed when a search for the movie Skyfall was done and on the screen, a number of movie-related apps appeared such as Fandango and IMDb. Many were apps that you might have never thought to install on your phone.
The Firefox OS, which is open source like Android, will try to take root at first in areas where the iOS-Android duopoly isn't as prevalent. So far, 17 carriers have agreed to carry Fireox OS flavored handsets including Sprint in the U.S. The list includes America Movil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom.
"Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere. With the support of our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online."-Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla
Not really. I'm sure humans can come up with something creative that doesn't have to resemble Android or Apple but it will take time. I am hoping firefox OS to improve and differentiate....to be even better than what's out there (Android)
its nice to see that firefox keeps it simple... but widgets are really useful!
the very reason why nokia shouldn't let got of symbian coz only android and symbian has this widgets customization that i know..
and also they should let it run on any other SoC out there! it seem like qualcomm chips will be a bit pricey and fancy....there's a ton of SoC out there!! action semiconductors mediatek, rocketchip and other to keep it low-end friendly!