Mozilla announced its plan to launch handsets running its new Firefox mobile operating system at a Sunday news conference in Barcelona, Spain.
According to CNN, the company is partnering with nearly 20 network operators and four handset manufacturers around the world to introduce handsets running its open-source mobile operating system.
A senior official said Alcatel, LG, ZTE, and Huawei will be the first manufacturers to build the first wave of Firefox devices that are set to become available in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Venezuela starting in July of this year.
And the best part in Mozilla’s announcement is that developers will be free to build and sell mobile applications for the operating system without having to share revenue with Apple or Google!.
“Firefox OS will break down the walls between apps and the Web because Firefox OS apps are built using Web technologies, like HTML5,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s senior vice president of products. “We expect to see lots of amazing apps people love built for Firefox OS because more developers are already creating for the Web than for any other platform.”
Mozilla reveals that operators who have pledged to distribute Firefox OS devices 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.
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