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

"We are proud to deliver an experience for first-time smartphone users that will delight them and really put the power of the Web in people's hands."

Speaking about the launch of ZTE Open, Luis Miguel Gilpérez, CEO of Telefónica España, said: "We believe that smartphones need to be more open and that the Web is the platform for making this possible. Consumers should not be locked to any one system but have the choice to consume the content they want and the flexibility to be able to take it with them when they change devices. This first open Web device marks a significant milestone in making this possible. This is just the beginning as we plan to bring a wide range of Firefox OS devices to our customers."

John Jackson, research vice president, IDC, said that operators, OEMs, and developers are becoming increasingly interested in the emergence of a "truly viable alternative mobile platform" that is independent of "today's incumbents".

"Such a platform will have to meet challenging requirements in terms of robustness, scale, and openness," Jackson said. "Mozilla and its partners are now moving definitively into the first wave of Firefox OS distribution. One of our recent surveys found Firefox OS to be more compelling to developers over Tizen, Blackberry and Kindle Fire, despite no commercial products being available yet. It is clear that influential members of the operator, OEM, and developer communities at both global and hyper-local levels see the potential of Mozilla's Firefox OS to be that next platform."

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