MWC 2013: Alcatel One Touch Fire is first Firefox phone
25 Feb 2013
ZTE, Huawei and LG also launching phones, but no launches confirmed for UK
We thought ZTE would be first to show off commercial hardware, but Alcatel has pipped them to the post with the One Touch Fire.
The phone formed part of the Firefox OS presentation at the MWC event, said to be the first hardware to be offered with the fledgling operating system. It isn't going to be alone though, with LG, Huawei and ZTE also confirmed as partners.
Poland will be the first place to see what is, admittedly, a fairly low spec handset. Carrier Deutsche Telekom will offer the One Touch, which will feature a 3.5-inch display, 1GHz processor, 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera, 256MB RAM, 512MB of storage and SD card expansion, which you'll probably need.
Mozilla plans to rollout Firefox OS out to nine countries in total over 2013, those being Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela, with that other hardware from ZTE, Huawei and LG likely to appear as the year progresses.
What about the UK? Well, so far, we're not even in the mix. At least, not officially. The US is down for a 2014 launch, perhaps with higher-end hardware. We would hope that the UK is getting a launch around that time too.
So far, it doesn't look like we're missing much. In a year's time, who knows? It would give the Firefox Marketplace and app range a chance to develop and find an identity, which in turn would definitely add to the platform's appeal.
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