Firefox is a great browser and Mozilla had recently announced its plans for Firefox OS. Firefox OS is a very interesting concept and Mozilla has just revealed that four phone makers will be manufacturing devices which will be running brand new HTML5-based Firefox OS. The manufacturers include some of the best names in industry, including LG, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel. These companies will be the first ones to release devices running on Firefox OS and services such as Facebook, Twitter and Cut The Rope will also be present on the platform in the form of apps.
The devices we are talking about will be entry level devices. Firefox OS is designed to run on low end hardware, and the upcoming phones will be bridging the gap between a traditional smartphone with native apps and feature phones. Another good news is that 18 carriers across the globe have confirmed that they will be offering these phones.
As far as availability of those devices in US goes, Sprint is the only US based carrier among the 18 announced mobile operators that plan to support Firefox OS. The list of operators include América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, TMN and VimpelCom.
The challenges may be even greater in the U.S. “It’s not clear to me that there will be much initial appeal in the U.S.,” says Jackson. “Having said that, I think the U.S. is an opportunistic market for Mozilla and Sprint for now, and will have to see how the offer is packaged and promoted.”
Firefox OS will have a tough time facing competition from other mobile operating systems. Smartphone operating system is a pretty much solved issue, but then Mozilla is aiming for something different. The whole Firefox OS will be based on HTML 5, which means it will be very low on resources, which will allow manufacturers to use low end hardware and yet still have a responsive smartphone that will cater the market who don’t want to shell out a lot of money, but yet still would like to have smooth experience with fair amount of features.
Firefox OS may not become popular in the US, but low cost smartphones will definitely become a hit in the international market. Firefox OS enables HTML5 applications with complete access to core device APIs. Mozilla has also said that users will be able to use an app without actually installing it, so users will be able to determine what kind of content they actually want on their phone. Firefox Marketplace will have many familiar apps, but Firefox OS will definitely not enjoy the choice of apps that Android and iOS comes with, and I’m hoping things will get better soon as the highlight about developing an app for Firefox OS is that developers need not learn anything new and just apply their existing knowledge to make an app.
What are your thoughts on Firefox OS? Let us know using the comment form below.