BARCELONA, Spain-- 5G, virtual reality and the Internet of Things are dominating discussions at this year's Mobile World Congress show here. Indeed, vendors, carriers and others are making so much noise on those topics that it almost seems as if they're trying to drown out more pressing issues.
Mozilla has informed developers it will end development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the version 2.6 release.
Mozilla will cease development of Firefox OS and will no longer sell phones running the platform.
Mozilla is shifting its focus with its Firefox OS away from ultra-low-cost smartphones and more toward working with partners to create smartphones with compelling features that may not be as cheap, according to a CNET report.
Google's Android One program, which formally kicked off in September 2014, has not had much of an impact on the market, according to a report from research firm CCS Insight. Android One is designed to give consumers in emerging markets, especially those buying their first smartphone, access to cheap, up-to-date Android phones that will receive the latest software updates from Google for up to two years.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility will continue to consider supporting new, emerging smartphone platforms like Firefox and others, but so far the carrier hasn't seen a compelling reason to do so, said a top AT&T executive. That position stands in contrast to Verizon Wireless, which this week announced it will sell phones running the Firefox OS starting next year.
BARCELONA, Spain--Mozilla is teaming with major operators like Verizon Wireless to bring Firefox OS devices to developed countries where it currently has very little traction. The first Firefox OS phones sold by Verizon will likely hit the U.S. market in 2016.
In an effort to boost its smartphone market share, Microsoft plans to introduce Windows Phones that cost $75 to $100 in Africa this year, according to a Microsoft executive.
In the next few weeks Google and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative beyond India to the neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The world's first Android One phone was unveiled in September for around $105, and the wider program represents Google's most intensive effort yet to not only expand Android to entry-level phones in emerging markets also to control the user experience.
Mozilla said phones running its web-based Firefox OS will soon launch in Africa, expanding into a major smartphone growth region at a time when competing smartphone platforms are targeting the entry-level market. Meanwhile, Mozilla said it is partnering with the GSMA to help consumers in emerging markets develop locally relevant, non-English Web content.