Firefox OS heading to ZTE and Alcatel phones
03 Jul 2012
Could be coming to O2 network too
Details are still quite sparse, but we do now know that the Firefox OS will start to make its impact in 2013.
The operating system, formerly known as the less consumer-friendly Boot To Gecko, has been confirmed for Alcatel and ZTE-made phones, which will be launching next year. But whether they will be launching in the UK is another matter.
The networks confirmed for the launch are Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor. OK, Telefónica is an owner of O2, which could indicate a UK launch via that network. But there aren't any firm details for these shores as yet. In fact, the only firm launch is Brazil, with a Telefónica-related network offering the first phones in the early part of next year.
In fact, the HTML 5-based platform could initially focus on emerging markets. Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs commented: '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.'
Of course, it could also aim at the budget market in more established markets too. Time will tell on this one, especially as we enter 2013, when the first hardware should get its debut at the trade shows.