Mozilla has announced that the ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone will launch in the UK, costing just £60, and that it will be available exclusively on eBay.
ZTE and Mozilla announced the plans via joint blog posts, confirming that the Open will launch in the UK and US "very soon". The OS initially launched on the continent running on ZTE's Open smartphone in July, costing just €69. The OS is designed to run on affordable smartphones and is aimed at new smartphone users.
Mozilla claims the OS will help create new open web standards on mobile thanks to its HTML5 basis. The company says the HTML5 development standards will allow the OS to run any application made using the code language, letting developers release and sell their services for Firefox OS outside of the official Firefox Marketplace.
Mozilla senior vice president of mobile devices Dr Li Gong said he expects the OS' open nature to prove a hit with developers, which will in turn lead to wider interest in the Firefox ecosystem.
"Mozilla is dedicated to moving the web forward as a platform for innovation and building products that people love. We are pleased that now we will put the full power of the web in even more people's hands. With a great potential user base, we know that even more developers around the world will create their apps with new APIs to stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation," he said.
ZTE vice president Dai Wenhong mirrored Gong's sentiment, hinting at plans to create more Firefox OS handsets. "It is great honour to be a partner with Mozilla and launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone to worldwide markets. As a well-known mobile manufacturer, ZTE is devoted to bring convenience and options to global consumers via advanced technology. It is strongly believed that this phone will bring a fresh smartphone experience to users and attract more developers to learn Firefox OS and web apps," he said.
The HTML5 basis of Firefox OS 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.
For a more thorough look at Firefox OS check out V3's hands-on review. Check back with V3 in the coming weeks for a full review of the ZTE Open.
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