Mozilla released new Firefox OS first stable version, this is Mozilla’s new mobile operating system that will compete with Android OS and Samsung backed Tizen mobile OS. Firefox OS is an open source OS with latest release brings a lot of new features and improvements that were missing on the initial release (not stable).
The Firefox OS running smartphones can be a lot cheaper options with equivalent or may be more more features than Android OS.
Firefox OS users can now send MMS messages, while the developers can use the new push notification APIs, which allow for timely notifications and reduction in battery consumption. Furthermore, Mozilla has enhanced the contact manager, which now supports Gmail and Hotmail contact import, adding a number to a contact when it’s listed in the call log, SMS message or email.Additionally, Firefox OS now have the smart dial feature, which works just as expected.
Android OS had made smartphones more affordable comparing to proprietary based mobile OS such as iOS, Windows or Blackberry. An Android smartphones can be bought within price range of Rs.8,000-Rs.15,000 easily, Firefox OS which unlike to Google or Apple backed by a non-profit organization and as Mozilla says – ‘We’re out to make a difference, not a profit’, Mozilla will surely give a stiff competition to Android and iPhones once its available for sale across the globe.
One can purchase Firefox OS on a ZTE Open handset or on an Alcatel One Touch device. More devices will be announced over the next few weeks. ZTE Open powered by Firefox OS is available at price of $249 however in India ZTE Open 3G Unlocked phone is available at eBay India at mere price of RS.6,500.
Available in 3 languages – Spanish, Polish and English 17 operators spanning the globe are currently distributing Firefox OS devices: América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom.
In Coming weeks more countries and mobile phone operators will be selling Firefox OS.
Most smartphones are made by a small number of people, all in one place, probably pretty far from where you live. Firefox OS phones are different they’re made by a huge global community probably could give lot more features to users over the years gradually.