Firefox Operating System: Finally Launched at Mobile Congress 2013

Posted on Mar 8 2013 - 7:52am by Ajay Bisht
Technology brands never get tired of innovations and improvements. Before, Microsoft only had its software and now it has a smartphone unit. Apple first released the Mac, iPod and now has tons of new and different creative gadgets that continue to impress the public. In this article, we will talk about the new operating system made by Firefox.

Firefox Operating System

From a web browser, it has now transformed to another line of product. Launched at the Mobile Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, Firefox presented its vision for billions of users in the online world. As about a third of the world’s population is connected to the Internet, netizens are very good targets. But the company has now found a new emerging market—those who use mobile devices who are progressing in number as well everywhere.

World’s First Open Web Device

There are a number of operators who have expressed their support to back up on Mozilla’s Firefox OS. These folks would also become part of a great history recorded, as the Firefox OS is known as the world’s first open web device. We are talking about a fully-adaptable, unconstrained mobile platform here which a lot of generic smartphone features including voice calling, text messaging, sending of emails, the usage of camera and so on. Social media apps like Facebook and Twitter are also expected to become part of the package, as well as built-in location services.
Of course, the Firefox operating system would be using the Firefox web browser for the mobile personal experience. It will have more sophisticated search capabilities on the phone and original manufacturers who offered to be partners to manufacture the unit are Huawei, LG, ZTE and Alcatel.

Firefox Marketplace – Initial View

The Firefox OS would also have its own set of apps available from the Firefox Marketplace. Like Apple iOS’ AppStore and Android’s Google Play, the Firefox Marketplace would offer apps in different categories. The usual ones are productivity, social media, news and media, business and games. The question now is that would it be offering paid apps since Firefox is long known to be an open source platform. To date, it is expected to have many users contribute to the making of apps and Mozilla would release these in the marketplace once approved. Apps can be developed and designed using HTML5 and other open Web standards. The Firefox Marketplace can be previewed through Firefox for Android Aurora in the first Firefox OS phones that will be unveiled in the latter part of 2013.
As for the games, the same games are expected to run in Android handsets and mobile gadgets that will be supporting Firefox. In fact, they are already accessible by now in the Google Play market and these games have separate icons on the mobile phone. This is done to eliminate much resistance from gamers.

End Notes

As a pioneer and one of the advocates for the Web for more than a decade now, Mozilla stands to show that it can open up opportunities and another room for improvement. It is a company that will continue to enhance its methods and market open standards to encourage many more people to use Mozilla products not only on computers but also now on tablets and other mobile devices.
Firefox OS devices will be first opened to the markets of the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Don’t fret if you’re not included. The company will announce the next wave of consumers soon.

Expectations for the Firefox Operating System

Firefox OS is expected to cascade simple interface that will be easy for users to use and navigate. The markets dominated by Apple and Google would soon flock into Firefox and move further away from Blackberry and Microsoft.
Does the idea of Firefox as an OS appeal to you? Do you think it will tick in the market? What are your thoughts on this?

This is a guest post by Sheine Austria, who is a Free Lance Web Designer and a holder of a CertificateII in Information, Digital Media, and Technology from Upskilled Australia.


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