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Firefox aims to power $32 smartphone

Published on Feb 24, 2014 7:22 AM
 
A woman looks at her mobile phone as she stands in front of a poster of Mozilla Firefox in this Feb 27, 2013 file photo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Firefox OS, an upstart smartphone operating system aimed a challenging the Apple and Google duopoly, will power a new category of US$25 (S$32)  smartphones for developing countries, the California-based nonprofit Mozilla Foundation said on  Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (AFP) - Firefox OS, an upstart smartphone operating system aimed a challenging the Apple and Google duopoly, will power a new category of US$25 (S$32) smartphones for developing countries, the California-based nonprofit Mozilla Foundation said on Sunday.

Mozilla sought to show off the success of its system, launched a year ago to prise open a market in which Google's Android was at the heart of 78.4 per cent of all smartphones sold last year and Apple's iOS in another 15.6 per cent, according to figures from technology research house Gartner Inc.

On the eve of the opening on Monday of the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Mozilla announced the commercial launch of seven new devices using Firefox OS including Chinese handset maker ZTE's smartphones Open C and Open II, as well as a range of Alcatel OneTouch tablets.

"We are also enabling a whole new category of smartphone, priced around US$25, that will bring even more people around the world online," said Mozilla chief operating officer Jay Sullivan.

 
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