Mozilla updates Firefox OS to 1.1, promises Firefox OS phones in new markets

Mozilla updates Firefox OS to 1.1, promises Firefox OS phones in new markets

Summary: Mozilla has flagged the launch of new Firefox OS phones with new markets coming soon.

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Mozilla has announced an update to Firefox Os ahead of the operating system's launch in new countries.

Firefox OS 1.1 brings a number of performance improvements, including MMS support, a new push notifications API, app search and contact management enhancements.

The update is the first since Mozilla announced it will aim for a fast-paced quarterly release schedule for the OS.

And, following the launch in July of the first Firefox OS smartphones, Mozilla is gearing up to expand the range and availability of its HTML5-based devices.

While it trumpeted the forthcoming launches, Mozilla didn't say where and when the new Firefox OS devices will be available, although its partners, such as carriers Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, have already outlined some of the plans, after launching the low-cost ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch in a handful of countries this year.

So far, Telefonica has launched the ZTE Open in Spain, while selling both device to its Latin American customers in Venezuela and Colombia since August. It's also planning to launch a Brazil launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile brand rolled out the devices first to Poland, and plans to launch in Germany via its Congstar brand this month, followed shortly after by Greece and Hungary.

Norwegian operator Telenor also plans to launch in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro before the end of the year.

Topics: Smartphones, Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • What is the point?

    Competition is good and I prefer the Firefox browser over all others.

    But a mobile phone OS? To overtake Windows Phone 8?
    DAS01
    • DAS01: "What is the point?"

      The point is that Mozilla Firefox has either been locked out of mobile operating systems or has not been given parity with the mobile OSs default web browser. Two examples:

      o Apple's iOS (locked out)
      o Microsoft's Windows RT (parity issue with the IE desktop application)

      And while Mozilla Firefox is readily available in Google Play for Android devices, there have been problems with Amazon's App Store (i.e, Amazon repackaged the Firefox APK). Last I heard, Amazon Fire HD tablet users have had to enable the installation of apps from unknown sources and download Firefox from either Mozilla or another app store. And, even then, some users have had problems with the installation.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
  • What is the point?

    Competition is good and I prefer the Firefox browser over all others.

    But a mobile phone OS? To overtake Windows Phone 8?
    DAS01