Android, being open source, now has one more OS to compete with and that’s Firefox OS. The mobile market which is already crowded still attracts more and more investors and it’s no surprise when Facebook was said to be working on releasing its own smartphone. Firefox OS, formerly Boot to Gecko (B2G) was a project announced by Mozilla Cooperation in July 2011. It’s going to be another open source mobile OS just like it’s popular web browser, Mozilla Firefox.
In a market already dominated by iOS and Android OS, WP7 seems to be struggling to catch up and one can’t help but wonder if Firefox OS will also become a major player in this market. Granted, being open source will definitely aid its growth and popularity but another thing to consider is consumers acceptability. It’s a good thing to have a competitive mobile market actually, each player tries to outsmart the other by being innovative and cutting prices and at the long run, this benefits end users in every way.
How is it going to work?
The first smartphone to run Firefox OS is set to be released by January 2013 and this is confirmed. Mozilla has support from Telefonica, Brazil which plans to launch the first Firefox OS phones in Brazil in 2013 under its “Vivo” brand. Also, it’s been said that the third largest mobile operator in the US, Sprint, is also on board. Leading Chines phone company, ZTE, also plans to manufacture Firefox OS devices. There are lots of mobile operators including German Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat UAE, Filipino Smart, Telecom Italia, Brazillian Telefónica, and Norweigan Telenor.
How Much is it going to cost?