MWC 2013: Mozilla targets the world with its Firefox mobile OS

Mozilla has been working hard on a new mobile OS that takes the best of what Mozilla has to offer in Firefox and brings it to your mobile phone. We’ve seen pieces of the Firefox mobile OS, but Mozilla’s Mobile World Congress press event is the most comprehensive unveiling to date.

Mozilla confirmed today that it is taking Firefox mobile OS to the world with a global campaign that will start later this year. Mozilla is targeting smaller markets with its first wave of phones which will land in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela.

“Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla in a press release. “With the support of our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online.”

Mozilla has the support of 17 wireless operators worldwide including América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom.

Wireless carriers are important for a global rollout, but you still need manufacturers to make the phones. To that end, Mozilla confirmed that it is working with Alcatel, LG and ZTE to make the first Firefox OS devices. Huawei will make a Firefox OS device later this year. The first handsets will land mid-year with América Móvil, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Telenor. You can read all the launch details on Mozilla’s website and view the Firefox OS walk-through in Mozilla’s press event video.

[Via Mozilla]

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