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Mozilla Firefox OS Enters Smartphone War With ZTE Open, Alcatel One Touch Fire: All You Need to Know
Last month, the tech world was abuzz with the reports which revealed the appearance of ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire over at the FCC confirming the facts that their commercial availability was near. Well, now finally Mozilla has announced the two devices officially loaded with the Firefox HTML open source OS.
The smartphones was first time talked about at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during February 2013. After the official launch, ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire will hit the shelves in Spain as Mozilla has partnered with telecom operator Telefonica to sell the handsets from July 2 onwards. ZTE Open will also be available in markets like Colombia and Venezuela in days to come.
Meanwhile, reports are also talking, that the rest of the world consumer's will get an opportunity to check out the handsets later in the coming months; when the respective telecom operators will announce the release dates.
ZTE Open: Specs, Features, Price
The ZTE Open offers customers a smartphone experience at an incredible price point, making it ideal for cost conscious consumers or those looking to upgrade to a smartphone for the first time.
The smartphone features a 3.5-‐inch, HVGA TFT touchscreen display and has 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM combined with a 3.2MP camera. A 4GB microSD card is also included. Further, the smartphone offers messaging, email, calendar, FM radio, camera with built‐in style filters, location‐based services from Nokia HERE maps and browsing via the Firefox Web browser.
In addition the buyers will also benefit from access to global and local apps through the Firefox Marketplace. Content partners supporting Firefox OS include EL PAÍS, La Caixa, AS, eBay, Badoo, Terra, Telepizza, KAYAK, The Weather Channel, TMZ, AOL, Wikipedia, CNNMoney, Huffington Post, TIME and Tuenti.
This list of apps join existing apps including Facebook, MTV Brasil, Airbnb, Time Out, Twitter and SoundCloud. ZTE Open smartphone is said to go on sale at a price tag of $90 (approx. Rs 5,400).
Alcatel One Touch Fire: Specs, Features, Price
On the other hand, another pilot smartphone to feature the Mozilla Firefox OS, is Alcatel One Touch Fire, which is claimed by the company to be an easy-to-choose, easy-to-use smartphone in a range of seven bright colours and a compact, pocket-friendly design.
This entry-level smartphone touts a 3.5 inch HVGA TN display, 3.2 Megapixel camera, 1GHz processor along with Light sensor and Proximity sensor. Featuring the popular Firefox web browser Alcatel One Touch Fire boasts a dimension of 115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm; has 512MB of internal memory and 256MB RAM.
Other features include, 3G data up to 7.2Mbps DL and 5.76Mbps UL, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, AGPS, G-sensor, Stereo FM, Bluetooth 3.0 A2DP, Micro SD card support up to 32GB and 1400 mAh battery. In the box, the company is also providing Charger head and Micro USB cable, 3.5 jack stereo headset and a 2GB Micro SD card. The smartphone will hit the market via Deutsche Teleko and will come with a similar $90 price tag.
Firefox OS: Key Features
Firefox OS has been claimed by Mozilla to feature a revolutionary new search capability that allows the device to adapt to the user's changing needs and is only built into Firefox OS. As informed by the company officials, Swipe to the right from the home screen and enter a search term and the phone will customize itself to that search.
For those who would like to know the capabilities of the new Mozilla Firefox OS which has come up to challenge the likes of Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows Phone 8, here GizBot has listed in the below slideshow.
Firefox OS smartphones are the first devices powered completely by Web technologies and offer everything you expect from a smartphone while also delivering new features to give you a personal experience that is unmatched by any other phone.
Firefox OS includes all basic requirements which are needed in a smartphone including calls, messaging, email, camera and more.
Social and Internet Connectivity
Firefox OS also includes built-in social features with Facebook and Twitter, HERE Maps with offline capabilities and smart walking, driving and public transit directions, Firefox Web browser and downloadable apps platfrom Firefox Marketplace .
Adaptive App Search
Firefox OS also features an adaptive app search where users can simply swipe to the right on Firefox OS phone and start to type the desirable content. For example, search for your favorite music artist and get results to buy your favorite song, concert tickets or even listen to your favorite song instantly.
Firefox Marketplace features HTML5 apps on mobile and offers apps in categories like games, news and media, music and audio, business and productivity.
LG, Huawei and Sony Phones
The best part,apart from Alcatel OneTouch and ZTE Open, Mozilla has partnered with global tech firms including LG, Huawei and Sony to come out with some sizzling handsets in the near future.
Edited By Akansha Srivastava