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Firefox smartphone system challenges Android, iOS

Published on Feb 25, 2013 6:11 AM
People look at a screen displaying a ZTE mobile phone with a Firefox logo on its screen during a press conference to present the new Firefox OS mobile operating system in Barcelona on Feb 24, 2013, a day before the start of the 2013 Mobile World Congress. The 2013 Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, is held from Feb 25 to Feb 28 in Barcelona. -- PHOTO : AFP

BARCELONA (AFP) - Mozilla Foundation announced on Sunday it will launch in mid 2013 its widely anticipated Firefox operating system for smartphones in a direct challenge to the duopoly of Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

Mozilla, which campaigns for open development of the online world, showed off the first commercial version of the Firefox OS on the eve of the opening of the world's biggest mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain.

Smartphones equipped with Firefox OS look familiar to those on other systems, with an array of apps, or application programs, to be made available on an online store, and a mapping program developed by Nokia.

"With the support of our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online," said Mozilla chief executive Gary Kovacs.

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