Firefox aims to power $25 smartphone

2014-02-28 11:08

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Barcelona - Firefox OS, an upstart smartphone operating system aimed at challenging the Apple and Google duopoly, will power a new category of $25 (R267) smartphones for developing countries, the California-based nonprofit Mozilla Foundation said on Sunday.

Mozilla sought to show off the success of its system, launched a year ago to prise open a market in which Google's Android was at the heart of 78.4% of all smartphones sold last year and Apple's iOS in another 15.6%, according to figures from technology research house Gartner.

On the eve of the opening on Monday of the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Mozilla announced the commercial launch of seven new devices using Firefox OS such as Chinese handset maker ZTE's smartphones Open C and Open II, and a range of Alcatel OneTouch devices including a tablet.

"We are also enabling a whole new category of smartphone, priced around $25, that will bring even more people around the world online", said Mozilla chief operating officer Jay Sullivan.

The entry-level smartphone would rely on integrated circuits made by Chinese electronics manufacturer Spreadtrum, he said.

"Firefox OS is off to an amazing start. We launched our first smartphones in July, and have since expanded into 15 markets", Sullivan said.

People in Latin America and Eastern Europe had upgraded from simple "feature phones" to Firefox OS smartphones with downloadable applications and Internet access, he added.

"Sales have far exceeded our targets. But 2013 was just the beginning. In 2014, we are differentiating our user experience and our partners are growing the portfolio of devices."

This year Spanish giant Telefonica will sell Firefox OS-based devices in another seven countries, mostly in South America, Sullivan said.

Mozilla did not say how many Firefox-powered smartphones have been sold since the system's launch last July.


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