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The support of the industry is growing behind Mozilla's plans for the launch of a new mobile ecosystem totally open HTML5-based. The operating system, today Mozilla Firefox tag will use your confirmed that, will the launch of smartphones built entirely with open Web standards, where all device capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications.
Mapping the main Firefox footprints around the globe, leading operators Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telenor are supporting the Firefox open as a new and exciting candidate for Smartphone market. They also identified the potential of technology to deliver compelling experiences on smartphones with attainable prices.
The device manufacturers TCL Communication Technology (under the brand name Alcatel One Touch) and ZTE have announced today their intention to manufacture the first devices with the new OS Firefox, using Snapdragon processors? Qualcomm Incorporated, leader in smartphone platforms. The first devices with OS Firefox should be commercially launched in Brazil at the beginning of 2013 through the trademark Alive Telefonica.
SO Firefox to mobile devices is produced on the project “Boot to Gecko” of Mozilla that releases many of the current limitations of development web on mobile, allowing the applications HTML5 to access the underlying capabilities of a phone, previously available only for native applications. The digital unit of Telefonica has joined forces with Mozilla earlier this year for this work and to demonstrate a new phone architecture, where all the features of the phone (calls, messages, Games, etc.) are an HTML5 app.
Due to the optimization of the platform for smartphones and the removal of layers of middleware unnecessary, the mobile operators will have the ability to offer richer experiences in a range of price points, including in the low end of the price range of smartphones, helping boost the adoption in all developing markets.
Mozilla and all other participants are committed to ensuring that the project is fully open and that the reference implementation of the necessary Web APIs are submitted to W3C for Standardization.
“The introduction of open mobile operating system continues Mozilla's mission to promote innovation, openness and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users should access the internet for the first time in years, It is important to providing a compelling smartphones and experience that anyone can use”, said Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla. “The large number of operators and manufacturers supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”
Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate of the Web for over a decade. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and promote the internet as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to discover, try and connect to the internet in computers, tablets and phones. For more information, visit https://www.mozilla.org/
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Matthew Key, President and CEO of Telefonica Digital, commented: “SO Firefox will bring higher performance than the current low-cost smartphones, allowing a better experience to more people. This is crucial to accelerate feature adoption of smartphones in developing markets. The breadth of support for this industry-wide initiative makes it clear that there is an opportunity in the market for a new open mobile ecosystem.”
Fared Adib, Head of Sprint's product said, “Sprint continues to support an open mobile ecosystem that allows Sprint customers choice and an ecosystem healthy and competitive for the technical community. The Firefox Mobile OS can help us lead a HTML5-based platform for creating options at a lower cost smartphones for postpaid customers, prepaid and wholesale.”
Thomas Kiessling, Head of product innovation and Director of Deutsche Telekom said: “Deutsche Telekom's goal is to provide our customers with a choice of a variety of products and services attractive and best of category of DT, as well as of our partners. Partnership is key to Deutsche Telekom and our cooperation with Mozilla is a major initiative for us. We support Mozilla Firefox OS project because we really believe that it embodies the innovation, opening and competition and is part of a growing cloud-based ecosystem and HTML5. On the basis of our commitment, our Center of Silicon Valley Innovation Lab is working closely with the development team of Mozilla and, for example, is contributing to the software that enables NFC for Firefox OS platform.”
This Al Haddad, Etisalat group commercial Director said: “Etisalat's goal is to enrich the user experience and improve the lives of its customers, offering advanced services through a complete portfolio of devices and operating systems. SO Firefox will provide an open-source platform to our customers and readers of various ecosystems, as application developers, to try out innovative services. Thanks to this strategic initiative, the industry will benefit from sustained growth in mobile data and developing cutting edge applications, as well as the promise of economically accessible smartphones devices that provide an enriched user experience.”
Orlando B. Vea, Chief Advisor of Smart Wireless said: “We welcome the introduction of the OS and Firefox recognize the exciting potential of a fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. As leading providers of wireless services in the Philippines, We look forward to working with industry operating as Mozilla to create relevant experiences and delicious mobile Internet mobile users filipinos making data connectivity even more widespread in the country.”
“The Firefox entry in the Smartphone market is a positive development and we look forward to see HTML5 take mobile technology to new levels never before imagined”, added Vea.
Cesare Sironi, Director of innovation & industry relations, Telecom Italia, commented: “Mobile operating systems natively based on HTML5 will lower the barriers to provide our customers with mobile applications and services with innovative performance. Open web technologies are the key to the development of a sustainable application ecosystem and valued.”
Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO of Telenor Digital Services, commented: “We are pleased to be part of the coalition in support of the release of the new open mobile ecosystem. This will allow the distribution of free and open service to our customers, In addition to offering attractive smartphones in attainable prices, What is especially important for the adoption, in emerging markets.”
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