Firefox OS Wins A Solid List Of Serious Allies @D___FAN


The breadth of operators now backing Mozilla’s Firefox OS demonstrates significant industry support for a fully-adaptable mobile platform.

At the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Mozilla said that 18 mobile operators have committed to support its open web initiative. These 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. Telstra is welcoming the Mozilla initiative as an opportunity to deliver an innovative mobile Web experience to their customers.

The first wave of Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Additional markets will be announced soon.

Telefonica, which has many customers in Latin America, will be among the first operators to support Firefos Os with the intention of making it available to all Telefonica customers globally. “Telefonica it would bring out the Firefox phones later this year, with vendors such as LG and ZTE on board to create products” Said Yotam Ben-Ami, director of Open Web Devices at Telefonica Digital.

AT&T has cracked open the door to Mozilla’s recently unveiled Firefox mobile operating system. “I think there is room for more (…) If people are vocal about the desire for a Firefox phone and there’s a likelihood of succeeding, AT&T will provide a device” operating systems, said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, in an interview with CNET.

Mozilla announced yesterday that it’s already working with Alcatel, LG and ZTE on Firefox OS hardware and that it plans to team up with Huawei later in 2013. Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs speaking about Firefox OS at Mobile World Congress 2013 argued Mozilla’s browser-based OS can win a place among the next 2 billion people arriving on the Net.

Now Firefox OS can add Sony Mobile to its list of supporters, as the Japanese electronics company has “an ambition” to release a Firefox OS phone next year in partnership with carrier Telefonica.

The goal of the partnership is to expose Sony’s “premium product portfolio” to more people. While the announcement is fairly light on details, Sony Mobile Communications product executive Bob Ishida said in a statement yesterday at the Mobile World Congress show “Our engineers are now working with Firefox OS Mobile and HTML5, evolving technologies which show great potential. In addition, we continue to work with our operator partners, including Telefónica, on a development project with an ambition to bring a product to market in 2014.”

Twitter has announced that it will release a native Firefox OS client in time for the launch of Mozilla’s upcoming mobile operating system later this year. According to Twitter, the app will be in the Firefox Marketplace by the time the first Firefox OS handsets ship. The company showed off the interface for the app, which includes Home, Connect, Discover and Me tabs, much like its other apps. It will also include a unique feature of Firefox OS: Web Activities. Users will be able to tweet directly from supported apps, such as the built-in photos app.

In addition to Twitter, other software partners have come on board to support the Firefox Marketplace: AccuWeather, Airbnb, Box, Cut the Rope, Disney Mobile Games, EA games, Facebook, Nokia’s HERE maps and Soundcloud.

But one powerful potential partner is passing. That company is Samsung! A high-level Samsung executive said at the Mobile World Congress show here that Samsung isn’t interested in Mozilla’s browser-based operating system.