Europe Gets The First Firefox OS Smartphones
A new smartphone operating system has joined the race. Mozilla released its first phone running its new Firefox OS, joining leading mobile operating systems Android and iOS, as well as Windows and Blackberry. Mozilla has been promising smartphones running on its Web-based Firefox OS from a long time and in Spain on July 1, it showed off the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open. Mozilla executives said that the ZTE Open is the “first chapter” in what they expect to be a long project, one that is already attracting interest from many other telecommunications companies.
The ZTE Open and Alcatel OneTouch Fire are very basic phones with 3.5-inch screens, entry-level specs and appealingly low price tags. Telefonica will sell the ZTE Open in Spain starting July 2 for 69 Euros. Telefonica reported its Movistar network in Spain, that they will offer the ZTE Open for 69 Euros, including 30 Euro of balance for prepaid customers and a 4GB microSD card. The ZTE Open is fully integrated with Facebook and the Spain-based social network Tuenti and talks are on about incorporating the WhatsApp too.
Nonprofit company Mozilla is trying to shake up the typical closed app ecosystems Firefox OS. Built using open Web standards, it will appeal to the estimated 8 million Web developers who can jump right in and start creating HTML 5 apps for the phones.
“Making it possible for you to create these one-time use or downloadable apps on demand gives you a completely customized experience and helps you get the exact content you want, when you want it,” claimed Mozilla.
Firefox OS features a host of web-based tech, including a “revolutionary” new search capability that allows the device to adapt to the user’s changing needs. In operation this means that entering a search term will make the phone “customize itself” to that search. For example, a search for an artist will get results to buy songs, watch music videos, buy concert tickets and even listen to them.