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MWC: Firefox OS expands to 'high-end' LTE devices to rival Android

Debuts devices from ZTE, Alcatel and Huawei
Mon Feb 24 2014, 08:15
Mozilla Firefox OS press conference

BARCELONA: SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla announced that Firefox OS is making its way to higher specification smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Sunday, and outed several devices running the mobile operating system.

The ZTE Open C, ZTE Open II, Alcatel Fire C, Fire E and Fire S all debuted at Mozilla's Firefox OS press conference at MWC today, and Huawei also outed its first Firefox OS smartphone, the Huawei Y300.

The Alcatel Fire 7 also debuted as the first tablet to run Firefox OS, while the firm's Fire S smartphone is the most powerful Firefox OS smartphone to date. It has a 4.5in qHD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, LTE support and an 8MP HD 1080p camera.

This comes as Mozilla announced that it's looking to bring its Firefox mobile operating system (OS) to higher specification devices, revealing that the next iteration will add support for many new features, a year after it debuted the first iteration of Firefox OS. These include LTE, with the Alcatel Fire S running the latest version of Firefox OS with NFC support, Firefox Accounts, dual SIM support, improved content sharing, universal search and deeper customisation options.

Mozilla VP of Mobile Andreas Gal said at MWC, "Firefox OS will continue to mature and add more features to offer choice and customisation that is unmatched by any other smartphone," adding that this is what is possible when "the web becomes the platform".

"We're excited to see what other features and services will result from an open platform being contributed to by developers, partners and community around the world," he added.

Unfortunately, Mozilla didn't mention whether Firefox OS devices will be coming to the UK any time soon, but it did say that it's looking to "continue expanding into more markets".

We'll be taking a look at the new Firefox OS lineup during Mobile World Congress, so check back for our first impressions. µ


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