Sprint to Support Mozilla's 'Firefox OS'
Mozilla today relaunched its Boot to Gecko platform as Firefox OS, and also said it has the support of Sprint in the U.S. and Deutsche Telekom in other markets. Firefox is an open mobile platform based on Linux and HTML5. It will use the web standards to run "apps" in lieu of a traditional operating system. Mozilla said that the goal of Firefox OS is not to take on the high-end of the smartphone market, but instead to target entry-level devices. For example, Firefox OS devices might cost $50, compared to today's $200 smartphones. It will be given to manufacturers/carriers for free, whereas Microsoft charges licensing fees for its mobile platform. Mozilla has signed on manufacturing partners ZTE and TCL Communication Technology (a.k.a, Alcatel), both of which have committed to launching Firefox OS devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors by early 2013. Sprint, Mozilla, and others see Firefox OS as a competitor to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Hands On with the LG Fx0 See-Through Firefox Phone
The first high-end phone with the Firefox OS recently went on sale in Japan, and it's a thoroughly unique phone. Most obviously, it sports a gold-tinted case that's completely transparent.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Mozilla Testing Firefox Browser for iOS
Mozilla has released a public preview of its Firefox browser for iOS, though the preview is limited to New Zealand. Mozilla has long shied away from bringing Firefox to iOS, but given the popularity of iOS devices it reconsidered.
Mozilla Releases Firefox to iOS Devices
Mozilla today made its Firefox browser available to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Mozilla released a preview of the browser in New Zealand in September, but is now offering the Safari alternative to everyone.
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 Can Run Android, Firefox, or Windows
Alcatel OneTouch today announced the Pixi 3 series, an affordable selection of smartphones that is among the first to run one of three different operating systems. The Pixi 3 series can be loaded with the Android, Firefox, or Windows Phone platforms.