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Mozilla's mobile operating system, unveiled at Mobile World Congress, won't win over many iOS and Android faithful. But it's credible for low-budget feature-phone owners.
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Among additions to the new browser-based OS are support for MMS, keyboard autocorrect, and a home screen that makes it easier to find apps. Also new: broader carrier plans for Firefox OS.
The Chinese handset maker begins selling its dual-core phone online with version 1.3 of Mozilla's Firefox OS for $100.
With asm.js and WebGL technologies, Mozilla's browser-based mobile OS will soon get games like Where's My Water.
Rapid-release software updates are easier with browsers than operating systems, judging by Alcatel's decision to skip the next Firefox OS release.
Mozilla doesn't want Firefox OS users to have out-of-date versions of the mobile OS, so it's working to offer updates itself over Wi-Fi connections.
Mozilla has new partnerships to carry its browser-based OS to high-growth, low-cost markets like Indonesia where iOS and Android are vulnerable. Also: more power at the same price from Alcatel and ZTE, the first LTE Firefox OS phone, and a 7-inch tablet.
As the stable version of Firefox gets additional social features, the lesser-used Beta finally gets a Windows 8 touch screen-friendly interface and Firefox for Android updates, too.
The Spanish startup launches preorders for an updated, higher-end smartphone costing $197 and running Mozilla's browser-based Firefox OS.
The Spanish carrier has a lot riding on Mozilla's mobile OS. Its director of open Web devices reveals Latin America sales data that show Firefox OS has a shot at becoming the third mobile OS.