Firefox OS Coming This Summer but UK Left Off Launch List


Mozilla’s Firefox OS is one of several new mobile operating systems coming out this year, and Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla, has confirmed in an interview phones running the software will be getting a limited release this summer. However, any UK Firefox fans will be disappointed to learn we won’t be on the initial list, as Mozilla has chosen just five countries in which the OS will make its debut.

The first run of countries looks like this: Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Poland and Venezuela. A further 11 others will be added before the end of the year, but the locations have yet to be made public. Apparently, Mozilla has chosen these five due to Firefox having, “Good brand recognition,” already.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS is headed for low-cost hardware aimed primarily at emerging markets, but its ability to run HTML5 apps along with its open source nature should see it become popular with enthusiasts.

In the same interview, Kovacs also tried to play down the chances of networks filling Firefox phones with own-brand software, saying networks, “Can’t lock it down and control it,” as updates and alterations will come through the web.

Mozilla has partnered with several networks on Firefox OS, including O2 owner Telefonica, so there is an open door for Firefox phones to come into the UK in the future. At Mobile World Congress, two devices running Firefox OS were on display, the ZTE Open and the Alcatel One Touch Fire. Both were pre-release models and had 3.5-inch screens and 1GHz processors.

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