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Broad Support For Firefox OS At Mobile World Congress

Ahead of the official start of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Mozilla has announced partners for its Firefox OS platform for mobile devices. Numerous leading network operators announced their support for the operating system on Sunday. Mozilla also announced the partner line-up for its Firefox Marketplace, the app store included with the operating system.

With René Obermann of Deutsche Telekom and Cesar Alierta of Telefónica, two major European mobile network operators are backing the new smartphone operating system that is based on HTML5 and JavaScript. US carrier Sprint, Telecom Italia, Portugal Telecom and Norway's Telenor are also on board. The biggest Latin American mobile network provider, America Movil, and China Unicom round out the impressive total of 18 supporters. Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacz summarised what makes Firefox OS so interesting for these carriers: competition in the areas of operating systems and app stores can only be good for a smartphone market that has been controlled by Android and iOS. Kovacz described the Apple and Google duopoly as: "a broken model that must be changed."

Among the companies that have announced their support for Mozilla's Firefox Marketplace are AccuWeather, Airbnb, Box, Cut the Rope, Disney Mobile Games, EA, Facebook, Nokia's mapping service HERE, MTV Brasil, Pulse News, SoundCloud, SporTV, Terra, Time Out and Twitter. Disney, for example, is planning to offer its popular "Where's My Water?" game on the marketplace.

An email client as well as a music editor and an image editor were showcased at Mozilla's announcement to demonstrate the versatility of Firefox OS. Mozilla emphasises that anyone who has previously developed web applications can adapt their apps for Firefox OS devices with little effort – and that they will gain access to smartphone capabilities such as the acceleration sensor and GPS data via Mozilla's programming interfaces in the process.

Premium,MVM,Ex-Mod 2008-13
The OC
The folks staffing the Firefox booths at SCALE yesterday were listening to the announcement via con call. They were very excited about it.


It'd be a good thing if inexpensive, 100% open-source and patent unencumbered Firefox OS devices become popular and widely appreciated.