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The 2013 edition of MWC was less on glamour, but made a remark on consumers. For the first time ever, Firefox OS was unveiled with pride. With five leading mobile manufacturers betting their stakes; the time has come, when an alternative OS, for instance - Firefox OS, need to get promoted in developing countries. Both ZTE and Alcatel have already announced their Firefox OS ready handsets. Sony, another player may like to bring their own version of Firefox OS ready handsets next year. CNET informs that they got a first glimpse at LG and Huawei made Firefox OS devices. However, both companies didn't announce their offerings at Barcelona.
Firefox OS - A Threat to Google's Dominance
Until now, Google faired a little better in the hefty mobile OS war. The rise of Android and iOS made Symbian out of focus - the once mighty dominant platform. HP's WebOS also tried their luck - but nothing worked. Samsung world's biggest mobile manufacturer even went on with their branded OS called Bada with guts, but later axed in favor of Tizen OS.
A respected internet browser company known by the name of Firefox unleashed its mobile OS along with select hardware partners. To be precise, Firefox OS is targeted towards developing world. Like Android, Mozilla's Firefox OS is also a smartphone platform. Mozilla Firefox OS is an open platform, and built around HTML5. The team behind Firefox OS did not specify whether India is on radar or not, but countries such as Brazil, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Mexico to name a few , first get to experience the brand new OS. Respected brands such as ZTE and Alcatel, made their handsets official at MWC.
ZTE Open is a low cost handset which features Firefox OS. It comes with a 3.5-inch display, 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM, a 3.2-mega pixel camera, mere 1 GHz Qualcomm Cortex-A5 processor, Wi-Fi and lastly 1200mAH battery.
Alcatel One Touch Fire comes bundled with same Firefox OS, but blends with better looking design. It has a 3.5-inch display, 256MB RAM, expandable memory, Wi-Fi and embedded battery.
Mind it! The handsets running on Firefox OS won't get any sort of market place, for instance - Play Store. All your native apps will be found inside the browser. As of now, the first look of the OS seems promising. Surely, these above mentioned handsets will be offered less than Android phones. It would be great to see India getting Firefox OS branded handsets probably next year. This could happen like what our Indian handset manufacturer experimented with Google's Android.
Japanese giant is also prepping with its own variant of Firefox OS handset . At the ongoing MWC event, the company unleashed experimental Firefox OS for Xperia E. Earlier this year, Sony clearly announced that the company won't indulge in cheap offering. Sony's Xperia Z is a flagship handset at this hour and company is pretty much satisfied with Google Android platform. Firefox OS powered phones will be affordable and could cost way less than Sony promoted Xperia devices. This is a kind of dichotomy that company must clear before announcing any Firefox OS powered smartphone early next year.