Spice Retail, Intex to launch cheap Firefox OS smartphones

Spice Retail and Intex, growing smartphone vendors, joined hands with Mozilla to bring their cheap Firefox OS smartphones in India in coming months.

Spice said its budget smartphone will be available from July, while Intex said it will launch Cloud FX, the first Firefox OS device, in India in the sub Rs 2000 category — in August.

Intex said the company will target the smartphone for first time smartphone users in tier II cities and rural areas. It will be available in the first week of August.

Cloud FX will come with features such as dual-SIM, 3.5-inch screen, 1 GHz processor, 2.0 MP camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and more.

The India launch will assist Mozilla to expand its market presence. IT market research agency IDC earlier said that year-on-year Firefox OS volumes will grow by a factor of six times in the smartphone category alone.

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, Mozilla announced the launch of its Firefox OS open mobile ecosystem.

Since MWC 2013, Firefox OS devices have reached in 15 markets with four global telecom operators and handsets from three manufacturers, as per Mozilla announcement in February 2014.

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In February 214, Mozilla also said Firefox OS will expand into important new markets in 2014.

At MWC 2014, chip vendor Spreadtrum announced WCDMA and EDGE reference designs for Firefox OS  as well as the industry’s first chipset for $25 smartphones, the SC6821, that redefines the entry level for smartphones in key growth markets.

Spice did not reveal the price of the new smartphones. It will be affordable, said Spice in a statement on Thursday.

The latest version of Firefox OS in Spice’s upcoming smartphones will support 100 percent HTML5 and will be enabled with dual SIM dual standby mode, which is particularly important for emerging markets such as India.

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