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Mozilla To Roll Out Firefox Powered Cheaper Phones!

Is there any space for another mobile player? Chinese tech-companies are planning on launching Mozilla-powered mobiles phones early next year. Mozilla went through the trouble of rebranding its mobile operating system –the project is under working from a year now- and has named it Firefox Os to attach it with its hit Firefox browser.

The hardware of mobile phones will be manufactured mutually by Hong Kong’s TCL under the name Alcatel One Touch and ZTE of China. The shipment is planned for next year. Several mobile carriers have also welcomed Firebox OS which includes Sprint in the States, Norway’s Telenor, Italy’s Telecom Italia and few others.

The project originally was introduced by Mozilla as B2G i.e. Boot to Gecko last year. The operating system is based on HTML5. The calling and text messaging in the web based OS is a separate HTML application. Even the application programming interfaces (APIs) are web based and they allow developers to access the hardware.

The mobile carriers, including Sprint, stated that with introduction of the Firefox powered phones, they will get alternatives to the current smart phones at comparatively lower prices and expects the lower-price theme to attract the masses. Fared Adib, Sprint’s product chief, in a statement on last Monday said “Firefox Mobile OS can help us drive an HTML 5-based platform for creating lower cost smartphone options for prepaid, postpaid and wholesale customers.” So the Firefox based phones might join the ongoing gadgets war and probably give the competitors a tough time.

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