Mozilla shaking things up with smartphone for the price of a pizza
Spreadtrum has announced WCDMA and EDGE turnkey reference designs for Firefox OS as well as the industry’s first chipset for US$25 smartphones, the SC6821, that redefines the entry level for smartphones in key growth markets.
And there's interest in these devise, with Mozilla claiming that global operators such as Telenor, Telkomsel and Indosat, and ecosystem partners such as Polytron, T2Mobile and Thundersoft are expressing interest.
At Mobile World Congress, Mozilla is showcasing its new developer reference phone, the Firefox OS Flame. Also unveiled was the spec for the reference Firefox OS Flame, which is quite impressive:
"In six short months, Firefox OS has more than established itself in the very markets it aimed to address," said John Jackson, VP of Mobility Research, IDC. "Today’s announcements underscore the platform’s rapid maturation and growing ecosystem benefits. New products, tools, categories, partners, features, and extraordinarily compelling price points will reinforce Firefox OS’s momentum into 2014. IDC expects year-on-year Firefox OS volumes will grow by a factor of six times in the smartphone category alone."
Firefox OS is already available in 15 markets on three devices, but Mozilla want to expand this significantly, by entering into the Latin American markets. Also, Deutsche Telekom plans to sell models in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia and Montenegro.
On top of that – and potentially more lucrative for Mozilla – Chinese network ZTE is also planning to add two new Firefox OS-powered models to its lineup, and says it expects to shift one million of the phones by the end of the year.
Also unveiled are two reference specs for tablets.