First Batch of Firefox OS Smartphones Unveiled

The Mozilla Foundation, the organization behind the Firefox browser, has announced the first batch of Firefox OS smartphone namely the ZTE Open (pictured) and the Alcatel One Touch Fire.

The two Firefox OS smartphones will be offered by Europe-based carriers Telefonica, Telenor, and Deutsche Telekom. The ZTE Open will be available in Spain via Telefonica beginning July 2 for 69 euros (about US$90). Meanwhile, Norway-based wireless company Telenor will launch the devices in Central and Eastern Europe within the year. Other carriers will be announcing its own release dates of available for each market.

It remains to be seen whether consumers from North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America would be able to get their own Firefox OS smartphones.

Created by Mozilla, the Firefox OS is one of the hot topics during this year’s Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. It is an open-source, HTML-based mobile operating system that promises to provide a user-friendly alternative to entry-level Android handsets.

The 3.5-inch ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone comes with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity, A-GPS, and Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, the Alcatel One Touch has similar specs, except it has a Qualcomm processor.

Source: Mashable

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