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Video: Mozilla shows off the Firefox OS, announces launch partners

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Mozilla officially showed their new Firefox mobile OS and revealed some hardware partners at Mobile World Congress today. The first round of devices to sport this open HTML5-based OS will be from manufacturers ZTE, Alcatel, LG, Huawei and all will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

So far there’s 18 mobile carriers around the world – none of which are Canadian – and the press release noted that “The first wave of Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela,” then added “Additional markets will be announced soon.” Apparently the United States is on tap to launch devices with the Firefox OS sometime in 2014… so there’s hope for Canada.

All the phones will have the Firefox Web browser, Facebook and Twitter integration, plus thankfully include “all the things people need from a smartphone out of the box – calls, messaging, email, camera.” In addition, there’ll be the new Firefox Marketplace where users will be able to download apps such as Cut the Rope, Disney Mobile Games, EA games, Facebook, MTV Brasil, Nokia HERE (for maps) and SoundCloud.

Check out the overview below.

Source: YouTube
Via: CNW (1) (2)

  • chris

    riiiiiiight

    • RIP

      rip bb10.

    • Eduardo

      Wow! I’m really disappointed with their UI and the apparent focus on budget phones. The search feature is kind of neat but IMO it doesn’t make up for the really ugly UI… Ubuntu definitely looks more promising.

  • Maverick

    The concept seems good though the ideas are inherited from ios android and windows OS …….
    UI gives feel of iOS …(its replicating)
    lacks originality in competitive market …
    on other hand, if talk about bringing new mobile OS in market Ubuntu is more refined and innovative on design as well as built. if firefox need space in this market, this is just not enough …..

  • Adam

    Ubuntu’s way better and has a higher chance of succeeding than Mozilla.

  • deltatux

    I think Ubuntu would have a much better chance than Firefox OS. Firefox OS looks too much like Symbian in that, it’s more suited for the budget market.

  • Inquiring Minds

    i can see how this can be a good thing for some users, but its all abut the apps

  • Awkward Turtle

    This video makes me appreciate my android more than anything else.

  • CW

    Firefox has a marketing team of negative 20 people. The smallest marketing team on earth.

  • Oldschool

    Looks kinda like a cheap android knock off. Good luck with that, especially with oems like alcatel and zte. I think they’re selling a phone with Speakout wireless, the one you buy at 7-11 right beside the taquitos. Distinguished…

  • Luke iPhone

    Why do we need so many Os? Arnt ios, android, bb and windows phone not enough?

  • ASH

    Competition in the OS space is also good. It helps in keeping the developers on their toes, and development in check!

  • Rich

    Not meaning to troll, but that looked terrible. I understand it’s still work in progress, but wow.

  • Trevor

    I have to ask–who WANTS this?

    I don’t know who the market is for Firefox and Ubuntu on phones. I don’t think I get it.

    • Nathen

      Exactly ! There is nothing to get. Nobody wants or NEEDS this.
      When Android “Key Lime Pie ” hits out sometime this spring or summer I believe , it will further distance it’s self and make all these fly by night kiddy OS projects just plain dead in the water. This is just a silly idea.

  • COBwiggy

    By the time this reaches Canada it should likely have a more established app ecosystem at least

  • zzZZzz

    Competition is always good, but there’s a point when there’s oversaturation. History has shown repeatedly that ultimately it’s all down to 2, max 3 players to make the calls. Some will rise, some will fall. At the moment there’s iOS and Android battling out with WP8 and BB10 trying to get that 3rd spot. Most likely one of them will fall in the next 12-24months. Ubuntu might have a good chance, but I think it’s a bit too similar to Android in concept, though it might be better in execution. Time will tell.

  • KID ANDROID

    This looks terrible & I don’t see it lasting long at all. They should stick to making the best Browser & make it even better. The only kind of good thing is the search that brings up apps that you might not have known about but that’s it.

  • Josiah

    but, but I hate gecko, give my my webkit/KHtml

  • Happyboy

    I still like Safari the best

  • DanGiroux

    the UI looks very basic. This OS looks to be gearing towards the “Basic” smartphones don’t see a lot of pro users going towards this over whats out there already. Ubuntu is going to have a greater impact.

  • BRAD !!

    I agree with the majority of posts on this topic.

    It could be interesting, and the search is interesting.

    I think that is where the nice paltry words end it has high potential to be a great OS but so did Blackberry Legacy OS (im by no means a blackberry hater, im Canadian and BB has a special place in my heart) Web apps cant he just say HTML5

    but honestly i thought i was looking at a skinned version of IOS1 or IOS2

    Dont get me wrong im all about competition in the mobile space, but this doesnt strike me as a threat at all. With vendors like Geeksphone and ZTE they will never hit the established market with a bang, thier only hope is the emerging market and countries high in poverty.

    whats next they will say over at mozilla, we have a brand new idea….lets build our new OS almost entirely in JAVA …….

    its a tight race for OS number 3 or even 4 or 5 for that matter and BB10, jolla sailfish and Ubuntu have way too much to offer all in the open source community.

  • Nathen

    This is beginning to border on insane. Why do these Company’s start thinking that ALL OF A sudden they have the Killer OS out there that everyone will throw out there devices for ??

    Please Mozilla give it a break. Do what you do best and stick to what you are good at and know, the Browser. It is what got you to the top of the market and now your starting to really lose the focus on what’s important.
    This OS is not going ANYWHERE, let’s not kid our selves.

    • Dan

      Sorry, when did they brand their O.S. as “killer O.S.”? All they indicated was the openness of their platform as being something developers are going to like. I wonder if a low-budget driven model will really be that bad, considering the demographic breakdown of smartphone adopters; no we are still not at 100% in North America. There is a huge chunk of the mobile phone users that would love to get their hands on something like this. They already have, projected, a suite of applications that BlackBerry 10 cannot even compare to. This is a welcome addition to the existing diversity of mobile offerings.

  • OgtheDim

    A bad idea.

    Should stay focused on the browser.

  • William Babb

    A phone is not much good without carriers. I didn’t see any mentioned. Are there any?

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