Finally, Mozilla has unveiled its Firefox OS at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Firefox OS will be offered with phones from five different handset manufacturers and is expected to be available around June. According to a report from the New York Times, the phone is likely to be available for a retail price of $80 to $ 100 before subsidies. This will make the operating system a popular choice in the poorer countries around the world. Mozilla’s CEO, Gary Kovacs, touts that Firefox OS will be the \’third ecosystem\’ for smartphones. He said that the next two billion smartphone users will be from the developing nations of the world.
The operating system has been received well at the event, but does that guarantee its success? Well, unfortunately no. The lovers of open source technology do want to know some basic things about Mozilla\’s Firefox OS. ZDNet has worked on three big facts about Mozilla\’s latest offering. Here they go:
1. The Firefox OS is credible enough to try and this fact has been established with 17 operators across the globe committing to this open web device initiative. The operators include América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom. It means that Firefox OS enjoys great \’initial\’ support in countries like Brazil, Mexico and China where the growth of mobile market is something to watch out for. The Firefox OS devices will initially land in emerging markets of the world, which gives it greater scope to perform and establish itself.
2. Mozilla\’s Firefox OS is an operating system based on HTML 5. Since it is the first operating system \’built entirely to open Web standards\’, every feature in the platform will be an HTML5 app. It sounds like a good move from the company, but it will take some time to become a happy reality. HTML5 allows developers to write once and hit multiple screens, but this may take some time to develop.
3. Mozilla has promised a host of applications for the ecosystem of its mobile operating system. The foundation has inked strategic agreements with various content and service providers to fulfill this need of the operating system. The bigger question is that will users be ready to move on to an all HTML5 app environment. Mozilla has indicated that the platform will have a lot of \’hot apps to keep your kids occupied\’.