Mozilla does not have current plans to bring commercial Firefox OS smartphones to the U.S. market, according to a senior Mozilla executive.
ZTE is intensely interested in moving into the emerging device category of wearable computing, according to a senior ZTE executive.
ZTE's Firefox-based Open smartphone has sold out in terms of sales to U.S. and U.K. consumers via eBay, but the sales volumes were relatively paltry and the platform faces challenges in gaining traction.
The first two phones running Mozilla's Firefox OS have just gone on sale, but already Mozilla is making its intentions plain: it wants to go after the mass market with the platform and believes it can do a better job than Google's Android at doing so. In part, that's because Mozilla thinks Android's latest software is too heavy for low-end hardware to run.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., better known as Foxconn, will triple the number of workers it is recruiting for its program to develop devices running Mozilla's Firefox OS to up to 3,000, according to a report from the Taipei Times.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., better known as Foxconn, confirmed recent reports that it will partner with Mozilla to build at least five devices running Mozilla's Firefox OS, including smartphones, tablets, TVs, electronic whiteboards and outdoor displays.
BARCELONA, Spain--Two major trends in the wireless industry appear to be converging. On one hand, operators continue to struggle with over-the-top players like Google, Viber, Facebook Messenger and Skype cutting into their voice and messaging revenues. On the other hand, operators have quietly been inking deals with content providers in order to offer cheap or free access to specific services, a practice some have dubbed the toll-free data model. Now, it seems some companies are hoping toll-free data models can put wireless carriers back in the game and give them some leverage against the OTT tide.
BARCELONA, Spain--Mozilla formally took the wraps off its Firefox OS here ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress, assembling an array of carrier and device partners as part of a push to break through the clutter of the smartphone race.
While the IT industry applauded the launch announcements for a Firefox Phone by ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, this week, developers have already been talking about how Mozilla's operating system and device effort will change the app world.
FierceDeveloper Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek recently talked with Mozilla's Chief of Innovation Todd Simpson about the company's efforts around HTML5 as well as some of the possible challenges, such as fragmentation.