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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:40 am    Post subject: Mobile carriers very interested in Firefox OS Reply with quote

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Mozilla's crusade to create an open platform for mobile phones based on Web technology has been gaining momentum and is encouraging mobile operators to contemplate freedom from Apple and Google, the dominant smartphone players at the moment.
At the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Mozilla said that 18 mobile operators have committed to launch Firefox OS phones. That's more than twice as many as were known to be working with Mozilla last month.

Firefox OS phones are expected to appear in at least nine markets this year: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. They will be based on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset and manufactured by Alcatel One Touch, LG and ZTE, with Huawei joining later.
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Alierta said Firefox OS will help "restore balance to the telco sector," which is another way of saying that Mozilla's free, open-source technology will make mobile carriers less dependent on iOS and Android, the mobile operating systems managed by Apple and Google, respectively.

Firefox OS might also provide developers with more freedom. In a presentation at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, Jay Sullivan, senior VP of products at Mozilla, said that many of the Web apps on his Firefox OS phone had been downloaded directly from the app developer, rather than through a store operated by an intermediary. "This idea of removing the gatekeeper and letting developers again distribute software directly to their customers is really critical to this," he said.

However, it's not clear that more openness will translate into more revenue for mobile carriers or for developers. Mozilla's work on the Web Real-Time Communications (Web RTC) standard suggests that VoIP and video conferencing will become even more accessible and more affordable through Web apps than they are already. If anything, that means more competition for mobile carriers. And many of the most successful developers don't mind Apple's heavy-handed oversight of its App Store because their large investments in app development are more likely to be recognized and promoted by Apple than poorly coded knock-off apps from less successful developers. With this freedom comes freedom from marketing support.

http://www.informationweek.com/development/mobility/mozilla-firefox-os-ignites-carrier-rebel/240149377
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another proof that organic life (apps directly to users) is at odds with economic paradigm which wants to control and leech off it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More the merrier!

I'm also looking forward to Ubuntu for mobile. Not that I'd buy any of these devices but a clear choice for consumers is likely to bring down the price of some of these phones.
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