Firefox OS Phones May Storm the Globe, Not Just Smaller Markets

It’s become clear that the next frontier for Firefox is on smartphones. Mozilla’s Firefox OS is only a couple of weeks from completion, according to company officials doing interviews at CES this week. What’s really interesting, though, is that Mozilla sounds like it may have a broader strategy with the mobile operating system than was previously discussed. Specifically, Mozilla had said that it would focus with its hardware partners on delivering phones in emerging markets. At CES, though, there are report arriving about plans to sell phones in Europe and possibly the United States. Bloomberg reports that ZTE Corp. is working with a European wireless carrier to introduce a smartphone in Europe based on Firefox OS. Notably, Bloomberg adds: "ZTE is seeking partnerships to offer devices with the new operating system to reduce its reliance on Google Inc.’s Android, which dominates the smartphone market with a 75 percent share of shipments, according to IDC." I wrote a post called "Is It Too Late for an Open Source Challenge to Android?" a couple of years ago which discussed the room there is for competition with Android. This is exactly what ZTE, Mozilla and Canonical–with its Ubuntu for Phones effort–have

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