Aiming to put the Internet in the hands of every Filipino, mobile phone and Internet service provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has committed to support Mozilla’s efforts to introduce affordable smartphones powered by Firefox OS running on a flexible and open mobile platform.
Smart has committed to distribute mobile devices running Firefox OS, the only Philippine operator to do so. The Firefox OS will allow carriers to tailor the phones’ interface and develop services that addresses the specific needs of their customers. América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, TMN and VimpelCom are the other leading operators that will distribute the first wave of Firefox devices.
Mozilla is working with mobile phone manufacturers LG, TCL (Alcatel), and ZTE to build the first Firefox OS devices. Huawei is expected to follow later in the year. These devices are all powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processors. Firefox OS smartphones are the world’s first open Web devices which are free from the rules and restrictions of existing proprietary platforms. Firefox OS phones can run apps developed using HTML5 with the same flexibility as “native apps” on other platforms.
Mozilla announced the operator rollout plans for Firefox OS smartphones before the opening of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Smart executives led by executive vice president and wireless consumer division head Emmanuel Lorenzana are reportedly in Barcelona to support the event.