Mozilla to Release Phones With Own OS in 2013
Pretty much everyone and their mother has heard of Mozilla, thanks to their Firefox browser. Now the open-sourced organization has a new market in its sights; the mobile community. Its mobile initiative dubbed “Boot to Gecko” is now getting the support of a number of telecoms, such as Deutsche Telekom, Sprint, Smart, Telecom Italia, and Telenor. Head inside for the full story.
Mozilla posted on its blog that the Brazilian mobile carrier, Vivo, will be the first to release a device running Firefox OS sometime early next year. In addition, Chinese mobile companies ZTE and TLC are also scheduled to release Firefox phones. The Firefox phones are said to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors and are aimed at the mid and low end phone market.
This new Firefox OS is built on HTML5 so it probably won't have looks going for it, nor the smoothness of iOS that we're used to. Instead of Mozilla facing this issue (I'd say a pretty big one at that) head on, they are relying on technology alone, hoping that as mobile technology becomes more powerful, that it will work itself out. This seems pretty lazy and ignorant to me.
With Apple and Google dominating the mobile market, I'm sure carriers and users alike are ready for something new. If the Firefox browser is any indication, Mozilla will be a strong competitor in the mobile community. Even if this new Firefox OS takes off, one thing worries me; with it being open-source, that carriers will load up the phones with their bloat ware as we see with Android devices, which is one of the reasons I switched to iOS.
What do you think will happen with Firefox OS, will it be a strong competitor in the Apple and Google dominated market or will it be a flop? Personally I think if they can resist the pressure of carriers to load it up with bloat ware, it'll do just fine. Only time will tell.
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