Mozilla today announced new partners and devices to the Firefox OS ecosystem at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015).
“At MWC 2014, we were able to show that Firefox OS scales across price ranges and form factors. At MWC 2015, we celebrate dozens of successful device launches across continents, adoption of Firefox OS beyond mobile, as well as growing interest and innovation around the only truly open mobile platform,” said Mozilla President Li Gong.
Mozilla, KDDI, LG U+, Telefonica and Verizon collaborate to create a new category of smartphones for a 2016 launch in various form factors – flips, sliders and slates.
Orange unveiled Firefox OS to 13 mobile markets as part of a digital offer across its key African and Middle Eastern footprint. The Orange Klif digital offer starts from under $40, inclusive of data, voice and text bundle.
The 3G Firefox OS smartphone is exclusive to Orange and will be available from Q2 in 13 of Orange’s markets in the region, including Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon, Botswana, Madagascar, Mali, The Ivory Coast, Jordan, Niger, Kenya, Mauritius and Vanuatu.
Orange Klif offers connectivity speeds of up to 21 Mbps, is dual SIM, and includes a 2 MP camera and micro-SD slot. Orange Klif is the first Firefox OS phone powered by a MediaTek processor.
Upcoming versions of Firefox OS will have improved performance and support of multi-core processors, enhanced privacy features, additional support for WebRTC, right to left language support and an NFC payments infrastructure.
With today’s announcements, Firefox OS will be available from leading operator partners in more than 40 markets in the next year on a total of 17 smartphones.
Mozilla also unveiled the beta version of Webmaker, a free and open source mobile content creation app, which strips away the complexity of traditional Web creation. Webmaker will be available for Android, Firefox OS, and via a modern mobile browser on other devices in over 20 languages later this year.