Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
Linux/Open Source
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Firefox OS Phones To Launch in 5 Nations this Summer
Firefox OS Phones To Launch in 5 Nations this Summer

By Barry Levine
April 19, 2013 1:45PM

    Bookmark and Share
Smartphones have their greatest growth potential in emerging countries, especially for those models which are feature-rich but relatively inexpensive, and Mozilla has made it clear that those markets are key to Firefox OS's global success. Those are also markets where Nokia had been king, but its transition to Windows Phone has made it vulnerable.
 



Look out, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. Even as those two mobile platforms battle to secure third place behind Google's Android and Apple's iOS, the Firefox OS is making strides to become an inexpensive but powerful contender.

Earlier this week, Gary Kovacs, CEO of Firefox OS maker Mozilla, said devices using his organization's open-source platform would be available in as many as five countries in Europe and South America by sometime this summer.

The initial countries are Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Venezuela, and Mozilla has also identified Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro and Serbia as target markets. Spanish company Geeksphone recently announced it would have its two Firefox OS models, the Peak and Keon smartphones, available as developer preview units next week.

Keon Through FCC Labs

Smartphones have their greatest growth potential in emerging countries, especially for those models which are feature-rich but relatively inexpensive, and Mozilla has made it clear that those markets are key to Firefox OS's global success. Those are also markets where Nokia had been king, but the Finnish handset maker's transition to the Windows Phone platform has been a bumpy one, and it is in danger of losing its low-end position in emerging markets. In the first quarter, for instance, Nokia lost 60 percent of its market share in China because of competing low-cost devices from Chinese manufacturers.

Geeksphone has also announced that the cheaper of the two Firefox phones, Keon, has gotten through testing in the labs of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- a key step in getting approval to sell in the U.S. market. This 3.5-inch handset sports a HVGA display and a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon S17225A processor, and can be used in the U.S. or worldwide. Expected U.S. retail price for the Keon will be about $120, and about $195 for the Peak.

Alcatel One Touch, ZTE, Huawei, Sony and LG have committed to manufacture low-end models using this platform, and carriers Telefonica, Etisalat, Smart, Spring, Telecom Italia, Deutsche Telekom, China Unicorn and Telenor are also on board.

'All Things People Need'

In addition to targeting emerging markets, Firefox's angle is that, instead of native apps written for a specific platform, the platform is designed for Web apps written in HTML5 technologies that are already used on the Web. And, instead of requiring all apps for its platform be distributed through its own store, as Apple does, Mozilla will allow developers to distribute their apps through their Web sites or other app stores, in addition to a Firefox OS one.

Mozilla has said that Firefox OS includes "all the things people need from a smartphone out of the box -- calls, messaging, e-mail, camera and more," in addition to built-in cost controls, social connections to Facebook and Twitter, location-based services, "a new ability to discover one-time user and downloadable apps," and, of course, the Firefox browser.

The posting also said that the Firefox OS provides "far more sophisticated and deeper search capabilities" than are normally available.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Firefox OS Guide:

Posted: 2013-06-20 @ 5:12am PT
Awesome information, as far as I know, Brazil is going to be the first country to get the first Firefox OS Smartphones in September.



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Linux/Open Source
1.   Red Hat Unveils OpenShift Marketplace
2.   IBM Mainframes Celebrate 50 Years
3.   Eich Resignation Brings Controversy
4.   Teradata Intros QueryGrid Analytics
5.   Mozilla CEO Resigns Amid Furor


advertisement
Tech 101: What Is Open Source?
Foundation of countless applications.
Average Rating:
IBM Mainframes Celebrate 50 Years
Unveils new cloud services for business.
Average Rating:
Eich Resignation Brings Controversy
Political correctness in Silicon Valley.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tips To Defeat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
NSC Backs Disclosing Software Vulnerabilities
Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld unless there is a clear need, says the National Security Council.
 
Heartbleed Flaw Affects Hardware, Too
It appears the Heartbleed security bug affects not just Web sites, but also the networking equipment that connects businesses and homes to the Net, including Cisco and Juniper's equipment.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Is Amazon Launching a 3D Smartphone?
Once known for selling books on an e-commerce platform, Amazon is now a bona fide hardware maker -- and it's reportedly rolling out an innovative smartphone with a 3D screen.
 
Review: S5 Features Useful, Less About Gimmicks
There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone -- among them, its relative lack of features. Samsung chose to focus on features people might actually want, not gimmicks.
 
Analyst: Samsung Galaxy S5 Won't Sway iPhone Lovers
The Samsung Galaxy S5 hits store shelves on Friday and the reviews are starting to pour in. The question is: Can the latest in the Galaxy line grab more market share from Appleā€™s iPhone?
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.