Last week, the folks at Mozilla were telling us that Firefox OS is expected to land in early 2013, and added that there’s already a ton of support for the HTML5-flavoured beast.
Included in the long list of networks and manufacturers is Telefonica, O2’s dad, and its CEO reckons Firefox OS is essentially ‘better’ than Google’s Android.
Speaking at the Telefonica Digital conference in London, bigwig Matthew Key issued a Firefox OS-related call to arms to other networks.
“The first [Firefox OS] handset cost is sub-$100 and will be launched before Q1 in Brazil. We can produce the same experience on Android cheaper, or a better experience at the same price.”
The Telefonica chaps went on to describe the frustrations with Android fragmentation – where updates to the latest version are concerned. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) hit 10% distribution just as Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) was announced.
Is there room for another smartphone OS? Matty Key is far from naïve. He concedes: “We don't underestimate the size of the task. There have been many new OSes started and most have them have failed.”
No word on a UK arrival date for Firefox OS just yet.