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Mozilla renames Boot to Gecko as Firefox OS and announces operator backing

The operating system for cut price phones
Mon Jul 02 2012, 14:55
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has secured support for its Firefox OS from a number of mobile operators including Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica.

Mozilla's Firefox OS, which was previously known as Boot to Gecko, has been in the works for some time, with the firm claiming it allows HTML5 applications greater access to the underlying operating system. Now Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telenor have given Firefox OS their support, and ZTE has said that it will build a device that runs the operating system.

ZTE said its Firefox OS devices will use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors with devices expected to tip up in early 2013 in Brazil. Mozilla said that its Firefox OS can be significantly tweaked by mobile operators that want to ship smartphones in the cheaper end of the market, meaning users can expect a good amount of bloatware.

Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla said, "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."

While Apple and Google have the mid and high-end smartphone market sewn up, Mozilla could see its Firefox OS become a hit in the high-volume low-end market, taking over a market that Nokia presently dominates. µ


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