Mozilla, the developer of Firefox OS and web browser, has joined hands with international smartphone companies like LG U+, KDDI, Verizon Wireless and Telefónica for making smartphones that will run on Firefox OS.
Announcing the deal at Mobile World Congress 2015, Mozilla mentioned it is very optimistic about the future of Firefox OS that will essentially stick to entry-level smartphones. Although they haven't mentioned anything about competitors like Google's Android, LG's WebOS, Cannonical's Ubuntu or Samsung's Tizen platform, the Linux-based open source Firefox OS is expected to be a potent competitor for its low cost and easy scalability in app development.
Mozilla mentioned that the focus of the initiative is to create more intuitive and easy-to-use experience (powered by Firefox OS) for consumers around the world. The companies are collaborating to contribute to the Mozilla community and create a new range of Firefox OS phones for a 2016 launch in various forms: flips, sliders and slates. There will be a balance as the devices will combine the simplicity of a basic phone (calls, texts) with the more advanced features of a smartphone such as fun applications, content, navigation, music players, camera, video, LTE, VoLTE, email and Web browsing.
Firefox OS was chosen as the platform for this initiative because it unlocks the mobile ecosystem and enables independence and innovation. This makes it more flexible for network operators and hardware manufacturers to provide a differentiated experience and explore new business ventures. Meanwhile, users can get the performance, personalisation and affordability they want packaged in a beautiful and easy-to-use experience.
Telefónica is a major Spanish telecommunication provider with operations in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. The KDDI Ciorporation is a well-known name as telecom provider in Japan. Verizon Wireless is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Verizon Communication and LG Uplus Corp. is a South Korean telecommunications and Mobile phone operator controlled by the LG Group.