Just before the start of the 2013 Mobile World Congress, Mozilla announced that it has partnered with a number of carriers to introduce Firefox OS smartphones to their respective countries. Smart is the only Philippine operator that has committed to bringing in phones that run on the flexible and open mobile platform. Mozilla is working with several manufacturers such as LG, Alcatel (TCL), ZTE and Huawei to build the first Firefox OS smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. Along with Smart in the first wave of operators distributing Firefox OS smartphones are América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, TMN and VimpelCom.
“Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere,” said Gary Kovacs, chief executive officer of Mozilla.
Touted as the world’s first open Web devices, Firefox OS smartphones can run apps developed using HTML5 as easily as “native apps” on other platforms. No need to worry about a lack of apps as developers can easily port their creations to the new operating system. With its HTML5-based system and open ecosystem, devices can become more affordable.