Mozilla is all prepared to launch the first Firefox OS devices in India in next few months. For this venture, it has partnered with Indian handset brands Spice and Intex.
The specifications of these Smartphones haven’t reveled by the companies yet but according to the reference design, they might have a 3.5 HVGA touch screen display, integrated Wi-Fi, camera, FM along with a Spreadtrum SC6821 processor.
Mozilla earlier this year introduced its new range of Firefox OS devices at the MWC 2014. It also announced a $25 reference design powered by a Spreadtrum processor.
The Smartphones will start from $25 (Rs. 1,500 approximately). According to Gong Li, who is the Chief Operating Officer at Mozilla, with a price tag of $25, there will be no price gap left between a feature phone and smart phone. With this low price range, Mozilla will aim to motivate the people in making the switch from feature to Smartphones.
Low-cost Smartphones have become a hit in emerging markets like India. Though the Firefox handsets might not be able to fight with its Windows, iOS and Android counterparts but it surely will be able to grab the eyeballs of first time Smartphones buyers with its attractive low price range.
According to Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head, Mobile, Intex technologies (India) Ltd, Intex’s association with Mozilla will enable them to develop unparalleled smart devices on the Firefox OS latest platform. This will further give them an edge in upgrading feature phone users to Smartphones while at the same time making it affordable for the mass market. This association will make their devices much more than just a way to use the Web. It will take the engagement further and develop the Web as a mobile platform. Intex’s Firefox OS-powered Cloud FX Smartphones will be available in the Indian market by early August.
On the other hand, Dilip Modi, Co-founder and CEO of Spice states that they are pleased to be associated with Firefox OS devices as they have always been technology innovators in the Indian telecom industry. According to him, this association is symbolic of their commitment in providing first-hand technological innovations experience to their customers. Spice has announced that its Mozilla Firefox OS devices will be available in the Indian market by July 2014 and it would come with a dual SIM support.