Today Mozilla Spain officially launches Firefox mobile operating system, carriers that support reaches 18, they will promote the development of open source HTML5 Web pages. Mozilla Firefox also introduced programs store (Firefox Marketplace), provide content for new platforms. This summer, the Firefox platform low price cell phones to the market.
18 carriers support from low-end outbreak
Telecoms groups Telefonica to launch first Firefox mobile phone, this phone is manufactured by ZTE, product-oriented Latin America and Spain. Deutsche Telecom in Poland to launch its own Firefox mobile phone, and then to other markets in Eastern Europe. Others join Latin America Mexico operator America Movil, it started from national markets; Norway operator Telenor, covering the scope of its operations in Eastern Europe and Asia; also Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, operators will also be supported.
Firefox’s development philosophy is: some smart phones with low coverage of markets, operators will have a better chance, because the local users are interested in low prices. Telefonica Digital company CEO Matthew · base (Matthew Key) States: “in Latin America around 82% people also do not have a smart phone, we can in all the developing countries to develop new markets, they are at very different stages of development. ”
Firefox Marketplace also signed up some early partners, including Zeptolab, it is the developer of the rope game, there are Disney mobile game company, electronic arts, Facebook, MTV Brasil team HERE, Soundcloud, Twitter, Nokia maps, all HTML5 is optimized for Firefox OS programs will be introduced. Popular programs to attract users to different platforms, Mozilla would like to kick off brands, early program is key.
Today in Spain at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a total of 18 new operator support Firefox development, the operator in the following order: Am æ é Rica m vil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telecom, Etisalat,Hutchison Three Group, Japan KDDI, Korea KT, Russia MegaFon,Qtel, Singapore Telecom, Smart, Sprint, Italy telecommunications, Telef æ Nica, Telenor,Telstra, Portugal TMN, Russia VimpelCom.
In July 2012, Mozilla only won the support of 7 carriers, namely Deutsche Telecom, Etisalat,Smart,Sprint, Italy telecommunications, Telef æ Nica and Telenor.
Deutsche Telecom Chairman Rene Obermann (Rene Obermann) said in a statement: “launch the first Firefox Smartphone in Europe, promote eco-system to increase competition is an important step. ”
Although carriers are full of confidence, but to compete with iOS and Android to go. According to Strategy Analytics estimate that Firefox can only account for the Smartphone market this year 1%,Android it had 67%.
Telefonica Digital company CEO Matthew · base (Matthew Key) admits: “Oh and there is no doubt that Rome wasn’t built in a day, OS as well. “It is for this reason, Telefonica initially will only launch products in 4 countries, instead of the 25 countries.
Firefox is based on the HTML5 framework for development, it is built on top of open source networking standards, which means that the equipment aspects of HTML5, including mobile phone dialer. Firefox claimed that HTML5 in their run faster than on the Android or iOS device, on the two major platforms, Web applications than platforms less local programs.
Using Firefox, operators can gain more flexibility, which is Android and iOS can’t give. For example, Deutsche Telecom, it strategically important module preinstalled on their mobile phones, such as security.
Mobile phone operators and Qualcomm join OS still issue number
Initial support for Firefox OS cell phone companies are Alcatel One Touch, LG, ZTE and Huawei, Mozilla CEO Malcolm Wicks (Gary Kovacs) said: “there will be more companies to join. ”
Another big supporter is chip provider Qualcomm, it obviously want to Smartphone users to expand, particularly in emerging markets a greater development.
Firefox OS was developed based on HTML5 new languages, in theory, people who make WEB pages more than developing programs for specific mobile operating system. In other words, Mozilla does not have to persuade programmers to learn a whole new set of development scenarios, programmer in iOS, Android and BlackBerry platforms, Microsoft WP platform development process, can be used in the browser with HTML5, it can be used in Firefox OS device.
Qualcomm CEO Jacob (Paul Jacobs) told a press conference on Sunday, “cross-platform” program will be transformed into a larger eco-system in the software, he said, “many smart phones can form this platform, we aim at it. ”
While Firefox has its own program shop, but developers can also provide programs directly to consumers. As a result, operators can provide the program, on the Android and iOS platforms, operators are subject to the Google and Apple.
Mozilla products Vice President Jay-Sullivan (Jay Sullivan) points out: “can be fully involved in the relationship between consumers and network operators. ”
Ovum analyst Cripps (Tony Crisp) believe that Firefox OS supported by so many carriers are remarkable achievements, it was originally in the smart mobile devices are not optimistic about war. But Cripps also warned that the real test is how well mobile phone how well, procedural, remains to be seen how the new operating system is running, and whether consumers join in.
Cripps said in a message: “it is clear that from what we see, has exhibited Firefox OS cell phone, and it’s still not ready for listing, phone is very slow. Firefox devices before finding ways to break into the consumer population, these problems must be overcome. ”