Mozilla introduced a number of its latest Firefox OS devices at the MWC 2014 earlier this year and has already launched low-budget smartphones in Europe and Latin America with a price tag of $60. Now the company has decided to tap into Indian and South East Asian markets with its new products.
But to launch its devices in India, the company has partnered with two domestic smartphone vendors including Intex and Spice. Reportedly, Firefox OS smartphones would be launched in the Indian market in the next few months. If you are not aware, so far, the US-based company has collaborated with four handset makers which include ZTE, LG and five wireless carriers that include Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, America Movil, and others.
The company has already revealed it's reference design which would cost as less as $25. The reference design has a Spreadtrum SC6821 processor, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, FM and camera. With these kind of super-budget-friendly devices, the company plans to take over the low-end market in India, but since there are numerous low-end smartphone players in India, it would still have to face a bit of a competition.
Regarding the partnership, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head, Mobile at Intex said, "Intex is excited to announce its association with Mozilla which will enable us to develop unparalleled smart devices on the latest Firefox OS platform. The platform will give us an edge in upgrading buyers from feature phones to smartphones while making it affordable for the mass market. This will propel our devices to be much more than a way to use the Web, but take the engagement further and develop the Web as a mobile platform."
Dilip Modi, Co-Founder & CEO of Spice said, "We have been the technology innovators in India's telecom industry and are pleased to introduce Firefox OS in India through our smartphones to cater to the country's masses. This partnership with Mozilla showcases our commitment to providing the best technological innovations first-hand to our customers. These phones will be affordably priced to ensure everyone can enjoy and experience the power of the Firefox OS phone."