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Report: Mozilla's Firefox OS to shift focus from $25 smartphones toward more compelling features

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.

CCS Insight: Google's Android One program has had 'limited' impact on the market

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.

As Verizon embraces Firefox OS for smartphones, AT&T remains on the fence

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.

Mozilla partners with Verizon to bring Firefox OS to the U.S.

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.

Microsoft to target Africa with Windows Phones costing $75 to $100

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.

Google expands Android One program beyond India to Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka

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 to bring Firefox OS to Africa, partners with GSMA to help emerging markets develop web content

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.

Gartner, CCS Insight: Smartphone growth in 2014 will be fueled by low-cost models

Research firms Gartner and CCS Insight think much of the mobile phone shipment growth that will occur in 2014 will be driven by low-cost smartphones, underlining a shift down market that vendors and platform companies have been keen to take advantage of in their search for growth.

Google unveils $105 Android One phones in India, promises to expand to more partners and countries

As expected, Google announced the first phones as part of its Android One program, and the software giant is teaming up with local device makers in India to produce smartphones that cost around $105 without subsidies. The Android One initiative is Google's boldest attempt yet to increase smartphone penetration in emerging markets and ensure that Android maintains its firm grip on the low-cost smartphone market.

Rumor Mill: Google to unveil first Android One phones in India on Sept. 15

Google sent out invitations for a media event in India on Sept. 15, according to gadget website  NDTV, where it is expected to formally announce the first low-cost smartphones as part of its Android One initiative.