We had a feeling that Mozilla wanted to get into the mobile OS game when they announced two Firefox handsets last month, the Keon and Peak, so it came as no surprise to us when they said at MWC that they are working on Firefox Mobile OS.
What we love about this is how the underdog will be a rival to both Android and Apple, along with Microsoft, although they are not as big of a target.
Mozilla has said that they already have plans put in place that will see their Firefox OS launch on several devices on 18 carriers around the globe, one of which will be Brazil.
The reason we have emphasized Brazil is because this is the country that can legally build and sell an iPhone since Apple lost a recent legal dispute.
In Brazil you can get an iPhone (nothing like Apple’s) that runs on Android, but we have to wonder if we could soon see their version of the iPhone Neo One powered by Firefox Mobile OS instead?
While this may sound like a pretty reasonable assumption, one can only imagine that Apple is regrouping their efforts to appeal the case to put a stop to Brazilian company, Gradiente, selling a smartphone with the name iPhone.
Going back to the main news though, we already know that Mozilla has already spoken to Alcatel, Huawei, LG and ZTE, although Huawei will release their Firefox OS handset later in the year while the other three are said to be launching theirs pretty soon.
CNN has been speaking to Mozilla’s Jay Sullivan, where he said that the response they have had from mobile phone carriers is pretty impressive, but personally we feel that a little skepticism is needed.
Okay, so we know that a new mobile OS will be very welcome, but Mozilla need to get this right. However, if they are to concentrate their efforts in developing countries then this could be a perfect way to take some market share away from Android and Apple who always seem to concentrate more on their other markets.
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