Currently there are three major players in the smartphone mobile operating system market, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. All of these can be found globally with different shares of different markets. Now Firefox is attempting to assert itself into a virtually untapped market starting in India, the low-budget market. While there are plenty of people who can afford the latest flagship phones from each respective mobile OS there’s an equal number of people who cannot afford to have an iPhone, HTC M8 or Nokia phone in their pockets.
This is where Firefox is hoping to gain some traction into the world of mobile OS and perhaps hardware. Two Indian companies will be working with Firefox to build an obscenely affordable Firefox OS smartphone. The phone’s processor will be from a company called Spreadtrum and Firefox hopes to be selling these in Indian in the next few months.
“The platform will give us an edge in upgrading buyers from feature phones to smartphones while making it affordable for the mass market,” said Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, head of Intex’s mobile business, in a statement.
According to CNET Firefox’s goal is to make a mobile OS that is even more open than Android and most certainly much more open than iOS. The goal is to be able to let people have a choice and not get locked down into one singular ecosystem. It’s a lofty goal, Firefox OS is based on web apps and there is a lot of work to be done to lay down infrastructure to accomplish the goal. I never tire of competition and I certainly hope Firefox and it’s hardware partners are successful in accomplishing their goals. For more on this story head over to the CNET article by Stephen Shankland, link down below. What do you think about a $25 Firefox OS phone? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
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