Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, Mozilla foundation announced the coming of Firefox OS powered low cost handsets. The California -based Internet browser giant is hoping to see this new platform mushrooming in the emerging markets such as Eastern Europe and Latin America. However, there is no big announcements have been made in context to India. It was reported earlier that Firefox OS powered handsets would arrive in the select markets in summers.
Now within a week two devices - ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, got approval by the FCC (via Unwired View). That means, these handsets will hit select markets very soon.
ZTE Open is a low cost handset powered by Firefox OS. It comes with a 3.5-inch display, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, a 3.2-mega pixel camera 1 GHz Qualcomm Cortex-A5 processor, Wi-Fi and a 1200mAH battery.
Alcatel One Touch Fire comes bundled with same Firefox OS. It has a 3.5-inch display, 256MB RAM, expandable memory, Wi-Fi and an embedded battery.
In the coming around 9 countries should get to taste Firefox OS powered handsets. The new OS is based around a browser and supports web based standards- HTML 5, CSS, and Java Script. Ironically, being an emerging market, the makers behind Firefox OS haven't decided yet whether they are releasing any handset in the Indian market or not.
We are targeting the emerging markets for the first versions. We know that the biggest opportunity in mobile is in this segment and we want to offer a Firefox quality, entry-level smartphone experience in this part of the world," Mozilla said in an emailed statement in response to an ET questionnaire about the company's India plans. "However at this time we cannot confirm any specific timeline for when additional markets supporting Firefox OS will be announced." as told to The Economic Times by Mozilla.
Firefox OS is yet to prove its worth in front of Android OS. These days' Indian tech vendors are selling Android powered handsets as lows as Rs.4000. There are advantages to own an Android handset over Firefox One. For instance, Google Play store like market place would be missing from Firefox OS. There are other disadvantages too. Stay tuned to GizBot.