First Firefox OS smartphone hits market

New mobile operating system aims to fill need for 'unconstrained' platform

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First Firefox OS smartphone hits market (Left to right): Mitchell Baker and Jay Sullivan of Mozilla, Carlos Domingo, Telefonica; Xiao Ming, ZTE, and Carlos Melendo, Telefonica.
By  Roger Field Published  July 8, 2013

The first smartphones powered by Mozilla's open source Firefox OS will be launched on 2 July.

Spanish operator Telefonica will release the first Firefox OS device, ZTE Open, on Monday, the telco said. German operator Deutsche Telekom is due to launch another Firefox OS smartphone, the Alcatel One Touch Fire, soon.

On its website, Mozilla said that other partners would reveal more details of the launch of Firefox OS devices soon.

The Firefox mobile OS project was revealed by Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs in February at Mobile World Congress, in Bareclona.

With more than 20 hardware and operator partners around the world, Firefox OS is "filling the need" for an adaptable, unconstrained mobile platform to deliver a customisable mobile Web experience, according to Mozilla.

"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," Mozilla said in a blog post.

Firefox OS includes messaging, email, camera, built-in social features with Facebook and Twitter, HERE Maps, the Firefox Web browser and the Firefox Marketplace app store.

"The launch of Firefox OS marks an incredibly exciting time for the Web. Firefox OS powers the first smartphones built entirely on Web technologies and will stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation for the Web," Jay Sullivan, chief operating officer, Mozilla, said.

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