Published On: Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013

First FireFox OS Phone Launched This Week

The new devices that will first arrive in Europe are the Alcatel One Touch Fire from Telefonica and the ZTE Open from Deutsche Telekom

The new devices that will first arrive in Europe are the Alcatel One Touch Fire from Telefonica and the ZTE Open from Deutsche Telekom

July 02, 2013 - This week the first FireFox OS full-based smartphones aimed at the consumer will be on store shelves as operators across the globe get prepared to sell the new open source handsets.

On Monday, Mozilla announced a regional launches in several locations of the FireFox OS devices, which means the first retail version of the smartphones will be on sales with operators next week and will have a continual roll out until the end of this year.

The new devices that will first arrive in Europe are the Alcatel One Touch Fire from Telefonica and the ZTE Open from Deutsche Telekom.

Telefonica released a statement saying smartphones needed to be open and the Web was the platform for making that a reality.

The statement said consumers should not have to be locked into one system but be given the choice to use the content they prefer and the opportunity to take it when changing devices.

The statement concluded by saying a turning point takes place in the industry this week as the launch of the first FireFox OS based devices takes place in Spain.

While technically the phones are not the first device containing the FireFox OS that will be on sale, they are the first ones aimed directly at consumers as the prior ones – Geeksphone Peak and Keon devices – had been aimed at developers.

The operating system of FireFox is interesting, but unproven currently, but a good proposition for makers of handsets and operators looking to expand further than the usual range of devices that are based upon the iOS or the Android.

The OS and the Geeksphone devices received a positive initial response, with the store selling the developer devices out on multiple occasions.

However, despite early sentiment that appears to be strong in the market, the road to maturity is long and hard for a new OS and will take time until handset makers are comfortable with rolling out a new range of top devices with just the FireFox OS.

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