Firefox OS Launches At MWC On ZTE Open And Alcatel OT Fire

By 10:27 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 Comments

Mozilla is officially launching their Firefox Operating System (OS) for mobile phones and are proud to announce that they have deals with 18 carriers, a partnership with elegant Qualcomm to utilize their Snapdragon chipsets and four manufacturers - ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei. The first two also showcased phones with Firefox Operating System (OS) at the MWC.

Firefox OS

The Firefox Operating System (OS) uses HTML5-based apps that run on technology shared with the Firefox browser and initially targets the entry level segment. The goal is to create an open source OS, that web developers can easily create apps for and post them on the Firefox Marketplace.

You can check out Marketplace if you have Firefox Aurora for Android. There you’ll find social networking apps for Facebook and Twitter, Nokia’s HERE mapping solution, Box integration, games from EA Mobile and Disney Mobile Games.

The Operating System (OS) has the same commitment to privacy, security and customizations that the Firefox browser is known for and places a strong emphasis on search.

The Firefox Operating System (OS) also supports video calling over Web RTC - a browser-based tech, also available on the Android Firefox Aurora app. It will eventually create its way to desktop browsers too (Firefox and Chrome at least).

Alcatel One Touch Fire

As for the phones, the Alcatel One Touch Fire will launch first in China (Mozilla has partnered up with China Unicom), Latin America, and will be the first Firefox Operating System (OS) phone to hit Europe, specifically Poland in the summer through Deutsche Telecom.

It has a 3.5” screen, a 1Giga Hertz (GHz) processor with 256Mega Bytes (MB) RAM, 3.2MP camera, 512Mega Bytes (MB) of storage and a microSD card slot (with a 2GB card in the bundle). On the connectivity side, there’s 3G, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS (with Nokia HERE maps).

ZTE Open

The ZTE Open sports similar specs - a 3.5” HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) classy screen and a Cortex-A5 processor at 1Giga Hertz (GHz) and 256Mega Bytes (MB) RAM. The storage deal is the same - 512Mega Bytes (MB) in the phone, 2GB on a preloaded microSD card. There’s 3G connectivity (7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA), along with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio.

LG and Huawei will also be announcing Firefox Operating System (OS) phones soon. You can check out Mozilla’s blog post for more info on carriers and initial launch countries and learn more about the Operating System (OS) here.

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