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Firefox HTML5-based mobile OS gains support from ZTE, Sprint, others

News by Dan Seifert on Monday July 02, 2012.

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Mozilla announced today that its Firefox mobile operating system has gained support from more device manufacturers and carriers across the globe. The HTML5-based platform was first shown off at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and will eventually make it to devices on Sprint's network in the U.S. and other carriers worldwide.

Originally called Boot 2 Gecko, Mozilla announced today that it will be known as the Firefox OS from here on out. The entire platform is built using open web standards, and applications for it are created entirely with HTML5 code. It is extremely customizable, so carriers or device manufacturers can bend the Firefox OS to their own specifications rather easily.

Mozilla has garnered support for the Firefox OS from a number of carriers across the world, including Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and Telenor. The first Firefox OS devices will be launched by Telefónica under its Vivo brand in Brazil early next year.

Both ZTE and Alcatel One Touch have committed to producing Firefox OS smartphones. The devices will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, but other than that, we really don't know too much about their specs just yet.

For a closer look at the Firefox OS, be sure to check out our hands-on with an early version of the platform from Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

source: Mozilla

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