Mozilla: loads of support for Firefox OS

Mozilla: loads of support for Firefox OSWe’ve been scribbling about Mozilla’s open source HTML5-based plans for over a year, and we enjoyed a hands-on with “Boot2Gecko” on a modified Samsung Galaxy S II at Mobile World Congress.

Mozilla has now confirmed that its OS will rock the good name of Firefox (Firefox OS, to be specific), and – more importantly – boasts that there’s already a ton of support.

We’re told that Firefox OS has been optimised for entry-level smartphones, while the absence of middleware layers paves the way for carriers to offer “richer experiences at a range of price points”.

Already on board with Firefox OS are operators Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Teleno, and manufacturers TCL Communication Technology and ZTE.

"The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use," mused Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla.

"The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings."

The first Firefox OS devices are tipped to launch in early 2013, in – where else? – Brazil.

via: Mozilla blog

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 11:31

Why not Brazil? Take off that Euro-centric hat, Lewis. Brazil is a force. They read about Scotland and think: who gave that anthill speech? :p Also: Firefox OS is not to be a full smartphone OS! It IS designed to fit budget phones. No email client etc etc... Web-access device with core phone functions.

SpeedyG  Jul. 3, 2012 at 11:58

Hope they implement call buttons. I miss those on smartphones. :(

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 12:22

Hope they implement call buttons. I miss those on smartphones. :(
You mean hardware buttons?

SpeedyG  Jul. 3, 2012 at 12:51

Hope they implement call buttons. I miss those on smartphones. :(
You mean hardware buttons?


Well they are better than touch sensitive ones, but tbh any will do. :(

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 12:53

Hope they implement call buttons. I miss those on smartphones. :(
You mean hardware buttons?


Well they are better than touch sensitive ones, but tbh any will do. :(

Yes, I actually prefer proper call/call-end buttons, too.

sojibby  Jul. 3, 2012 at 13:50

When someone says "in – where else? – Brazil" it is not necessarily negative. If it was a story about garbage in the streets they would mean Brazil is extra dirty. But when it's a positive story like this one, it means Brazil is cutting edge and trendy. It's a positive phrase!

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 14:25

When someone says "in – where else? – Brazil" it is not necessarily negative. If it was a story about garbage in the streets they would mean Brazil is extra dirty. But when it's a positive story like this one, it means Brazil is cutting edge and trendy. It's a positive phrase! No, it's Lewis :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 15:33

When someone says "in – where else? – Brazil" it is not necessarily negative. If it was a story about garbage in the streets they would mean Brazil is extra dirty. But when it's a positive story like this one, it means Brazil is cutting edge and trendy. It's a positive phrase! No, it's Lewis :p
Jan's right, we know Lewis, he really is a miserable, sarcastic git ;).

lcurdie / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 16:11

When someone says "in – where else? – Brazil" it is not necessarily negative. If it was a story about garbage in the streets they would mean Brazil is extra dirty. But when it's a positive story like this one, it means Brazil is cutting edge and trendy. It's a positive phrase! No, it's Lewis :p
Jan's right, we know Lewis, he really is a miserable, sarcastic git ;).


Sarcastic? Shut it :p

Miserable? Far from it. Look: :D

SpeedyG  Jul. 3, 2012 at 16:21

The Guv'nor Lewis reacts quickly to criticism I see. :p

On a different note, Lewis; I mentioned I'm interested to do a game review for a WP7 game but don't know how to go about it on Mobot. Who do I ask/email about this?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 16:26

speedy, scroll to the bottom of this page => "contact us" Or email me the stuff and I delete Lewis' reviews and replace them with yours. He won't notice :p

SpeedyG  Jul. 3, 2012 at 16:31

Ok thanks Jan, I'll be in touch soon. :D

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 16:34

Ok thanks Jan, I'll be in touch soon. :D
I should add: I'm not getting those emails, but Emma is. :)

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