Mozilla's Firefox OS will arrive in Europe running on ZTE's Open smartphone on Tuesday 2 July, costing just €69.
A FireFox spokesman confirmed to V3 the ZTE Open (pictured below) will launch in Spain on Tuesday running on Telefonica's mobile network. The OS is set to roll out to other territories in the coming weeks, running on both the Open and Alcatel One Touch. There is currently no word when the phones will arrive in the UK and Mozilla declined V3's request for comment.
The FireFox OS was unveiled in 2012 by former Mozilla chief executive officer Gary Kovacs. The OS is an entirely web-based one that runs using the universal HTML5 coding language.
FireFox OS is designed to end Apple and Google's monopoly on the smartphone market by introducing a set of HTML5 development standards. The standards will allow the OS to run any HTML5 application, letting developers release and sell their services for Firefox OS outside of the official Firefox Marketplace.
The idea has already proven a hit with several developers, with the OS confirmed to support popular applications like AccuWeather, several EA games, Facebook, Nokia HERE Maps, SoundCloud, Terra, Time Out, TMZ and Twitter. IDC research vice president John Jackson said the OS' open nature will also appeal to network carriers, offering them a viable alternative to Android and iOS.
"Operators, OEMs and developers are growing ever more interested in the emergence of a truly viable alternative mobile platform that offers them new economic opportunities independent of today's incumbents," Jackson said.
"One of our recent surveys found Firefox OS to be more compelling to developers over Tizen, Blackberry and Kindle Fire, despite no commercial products being available yet. It is clear that influential members of the operator, OEM and developer communities at both global and hyper-local levels see the potential of Mozilla's Firefox OS to be that next platform."
The strategy has proven a hit with numerous technology firms, with Huawei and LG also confirmed to release devices running off FireFox OS. Mozilla originally confirmed plans to target developing regions, like Brazil and India, with ultra-affordable FireFox OS smartphones. As a consequence smartphones running FireFox OS feature low-end components and specifications.
For a more thorough look at FireFox OS check out V3's hands-on review.
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