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Next phase of Firefox OS launch begins with new phones on the way

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Next phase of Firefox OS launch begins with new phones on the way
A number of new handsets powered by Firefox OS 1.1 are on the way. This is the latest version of the HTML5 based operating system, one which existing phones running the OS have yet to be updated to. The current models include the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, which are available from Telefonica in Spain, Columbia and Venezuela and from Poland's Deutsche Telekom. Executives with Telefonica and Detsche Telekom raved about the response to the new models. More European markets, including Germany, will be getting Firefox OS phones in the current quarter.
 
Firefox OS comes with many if the apps you want such as Twitter and Facebook. HERE Maps is available to get you from point A to point B, even when offline. The update to version 1.1 adds MMS capabilities and allows developers to use the push notification API to have that feature on their apps. Adaptive App Search lets you type in something that you are looking for and find out which apps will give it to you. You can load the app instantly for one time use and discard it, or install it for future use. And yes, the Firefox Market is available for your 'shopping pleasure'.

"The positive market reception of the first Firefox OS smartphones demonstrates that people like the user experience and openness we’re building with Firefox OS. We continue to enhance Firefox OS to deliver the best experience for the many people around the world buying their first smartphones. We are looking forward to seeing the response to the next round of Firefox OS launches."-Jay Sullivan, COO, Mozilla

Version 1.1 of Firefox OS also allows you to import your contacts from Gmail, Hotline, Facebook and from your SIM card while the QWERTY keyboard now offers auto-correction. Search your music by artist, group or song title and more than 15 languages are now supported.

This is the second phase of the Firefox OS launch and Mozilla is working with 20 hardware and carrier partners to make Firefox OS a success. Considering that only 21% of global mobile phone subscribers currently have a smartphone, you can see where there is room in the marketplace for low priced smartphones powered by a useful OS based on something that most of us are familiar with, the internet.

Montage of screenshots for the first version of Firefox OS

Montage of screenshots for the first version of Firefox OS


source: FirefoxOS via TechCrunch 

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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 05:59

1. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Looks ok for a low end OS but android can also be low end and it can't compete with that.

Maybe if they opted for a compete diff UI it might be more interesting

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 06:09 13

3. sharks (Posts: 167; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


This isn't about Firefox OS vs Android. Firefox OS is a purely HTML5-based OS. It will always be lighter than Android, even if the former's currently available customizations and stock features are nothing to boast about, but it gets the job done. This is especially attractive to manufacturers who want to offer Android-like smartphone features on the least powerful (AKA cheapest) hardware possible. But in the future, Firefox might grow to become a serious contender to Google's mobile OS. Hopefully. Competition is always a good thing for us, consumers.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:39 4

10. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Agreed. Firefox is also a well known name, so that also helps. Personally, some of this looks great, love the round icons.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 06:03 6

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1516; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


hmm that's pretty cool if you ask me

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 06:29 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Looks okay.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 06:39

5. blinx (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


its veri pretty

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:00 1

6. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Are there any good reviews of Firefox OS in the Internet?
PA should do it. I think.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:00

7. taikucing (unregistered)


needs more apps

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 13:08

16. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


They are HTML5 apps, so you will see an app for almost anything and more. Just wait 'til the OS becomes more available and the store will have devs flocking to it.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:28 4

8. sniperdroid (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Has anyone else noticed on the pics that angry birds is mixed up with Evernote?

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:46

11. Sadman_Hossain (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


I didn't, until you mentioned.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:11

15. hltechie (unregistered)


I did! lol

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 17:46

20. jiezel91 (Posts: 66; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


Aside from that, the settings icon has 15 notifications? o_O

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:30 1

9. sniperdroid (Posts: 127; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I think Samsung if they could, should buy this OS because to me it looks better than Tizen.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:10

12. sinple (Posts: 117; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


it looked more like IOS then android. Same counter on different icons, the notification on lockscreen, and even security lock

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:26

13. DanielWalsh1294 (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


What a joke of an OS. So useless.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 13:10

17. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Most instructive and intelligent comment of the day.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:34 1

14. oOps.. (Posts: 34; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)


this is great, more os more choice for ppl

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 15:07

18. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Hmmm.... Looks too much like iOS

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 15:28

19. Landmarkcm (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Argh why did webOS have to fail! That was the best software wise. What a waste! I went back to iphone Im pretty new with 5C had briefly tried 4s before. Prob w being on Sprint @ the time didn't help the experience. I wish I could make my own dream device. It would be like mix w windowsphone with the live customizeable tiles with android openness splash ios ease with great camera, battery, sound, screen etc. All the apps avail with imessage & face time all in a slim sleek body in diff colors haha . Such a device does not exist. Always something right.

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