Open source development organisation Mozilla looks set to unveil its first smartphone later this year, with a handset going on sale in Brazil.
According to Brazilian blog Ztop, Mozilla will partner with local mobile operator Telefonica Vivo, to deliver an alternative to open-source rival Android.
Mozilla first confirmed plans to make a smartphone operating system last year, through its Gecko to Boot project.
V3 contacted Mozilla for confirmation of the announcement but had received no reply at time of publication.
The Mozilla architecture allows apps to be built using HTML5, ensuring that they are all developed using web standards and without the need for platform-specific native application programming interfaces.
Ztop quoted Mozilla chief executive Gary Kovacs as saying that the open nature of the operating system would enable it to mimic the best aspects of standards based technologies.
"It's an open platform to allow complete control of applications, much like a browser, and applications are installed the way you expect," he said.
"The difference is that they are created with web standards, and we will have links and clicks between apps, something that already happens on the web today, but not in the applications closed platforms."
That handset is set to be available before the end of the year.
Earlier this year, Mozilla confirmed it was working with both Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom to develop the Boot to Gecko system.
It has developed its operating system to run on chips from Qualcomm and has also received support from Adobe.
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