A man is seen next to a Firefox logo at a Mozilla stand during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 28, 2013.
A man is seen next to a Firefox logo at a Mozilla stand during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 28, 2013.Reuters

The global smartphone market has seen the launch of many new mobile platforms including Tizen, Mozilla Firefox OS and Sailfish, with Google's Android OS being the most-popular among them.

With the recent launch of Firefox OS, many smartphone manufactures such as Sony, ZTE, Huawei and LG have shown a keen interest in developing a device that runs on Firefox OS.

Now, Indian smartphone maker Lava also plans to launch a smartphone that run on the latest Firefox operating system.

Hari Om Rai, co-founder and director of Lava International, speaking with NDTV Gadgets, confirmed that the company is working on a Firefox OS-based smartphone.

He also said that the company aims to price the smartphone below ₹3,000. He did not disclose any further details about the specifications and release date.

Lava recently launched Iris 504Q smartphone featuring gesture control for ₹13,499.

The maker of Firefox OS, Mozilla, had officially announced in April that the phone running its operating system will be launched in five countries - Spain, Portugal, Poland, Brazil and Venezuela.

The company plans to release the OS in 11 more countries by the end of this year. The US market will receive it next year, according to Gary Kovacs, CEO at Mozilla.

Another smartphone which runs on the Firefox OS is ZTE Open which was launched in April. The device sports a 3.5 inch HVGA display, powered by a Cortex A5 processor at 1GHz clock speed and paired with 256 MB of RAM. It features 512 MB of internal storage, 3.2 megapixel rear camera and support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and A-GPS.

Sony is also working on a smartphone running the Firefox OS. Back in February, the company released a video showing its entry-level Xperia E smartphone running the Firefox OS.

Sony also provided full details in its Sony Developer Blog about the ROM installation along with the architecture of the new OS and guidelines for developing apps.

The operating system is not entirely projected for daily use as it is still in the testing stage. The blog also said that some features such as radio connectivity, phone calls, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are not switched on or implemented in the Firefox OS. Along with these features, touch sensitivity is not fully calibrated and also the functionality of SD card might be unstable in the OS.

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