Mozilla planning Firefox OS international roll out for this summer

Mozilla planning Firefox OS international roll out for this summer

Summary: The software provider is gearing up to bring its mobile operating system to handful of countries soon.

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Mozilla has revealed where it will be initially launching its mobile operating system, Firefox OS.

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Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile summit hosted by AllThingsD in New York City this week, CEO Gary Kovacs told audience goers that the first wave of the roll out will commence this summer.

The software provider has a rather diverse test pool lined up with following five nations consisting of the first wave: Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal and Spain.

But Kovacs noted at the conference that a U.S. debut won't follow until at least 2014.

Here's why, as reported by AllThingsD:

"In Silicon Valley we tend to see the world through high-end devices," Kovacs said. "But that’s not true in the rest of the world. So in the short term, we’re launching in emerging markets where Firefox is particularly strong. … It didn’t make sense for us to launch a version-one device around the world."

While the aforementioned quintet will get Firefox OS in June, at least 11 more (unnamed) markets are slated to be included by the end of the year.

Topics: Mobile OS, Mobility, Smartphones, Software, Tablets

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  • Smart move

    They just need to work at becoming the defacto OS on phones in the 'feature phone' price range. That strategy alone could give them in excess of a billion users over the next few years, potentially making them one of the larger OS platforms in use by the end of the decade.
    eMJayy
    • When they first announced Firefox OS...

      When they first announced Firefox OS my thought was that this could be the feature phone of the smartphone era. Something cheap, that can access the internet, and display it they way more expensive devices do. It does not have to beat iOS or Android. All it has to do is provide something better then the current crop of feature phones at the same price point.
      CPPCrispy
  • Why?

    We already have iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Bada, Tizen and Ubuntu. What is so magical about Mozilla that it is even trying to build their own mobile OS?
    paul2011
  • It's called

    Jumping on the bandwagon! lol
    martin_js