Firefox OS Coming to Smartphones This Summer

Firefox OS, as seen on a ZTE smartphone.

The Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit group behind the Firefox browser, is dipping its toes for the first time into the mobile business as it announces the new Firefox OS available this summer. This upcoming mobile operating system developed by Mozilla runs entirely on HTML 5, the most advanced programming language used for Web browsers.

Mozilla also said Firefox OS will be launched first in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Venezuela. No word yet on whether it will be available in the United States.

Smartphone makers LG, Huawei, Alcatel, and ZTE has pledged support for the new operating system as they are working to build mobile devices running on Firefox OS. Meanwhile, Sony has also announced it is exploring the development of Firefox OS.

Apart from the OS, Mozilla said it will also launch its very own app store. The Firefox Marketplace features apps from big-name developers such as Twitter, Facebook, EA Games, and Disney Mobile Games.

“We’re excited about the future of Firefox OS, and look forward to phones shipping with support for our new Twitter app,” Twitter said in its official blog about the new mobile platform.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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