Well remember the old adage , “waiting an hour for a bus and three come together”? Something similar has happened in the smartphone arena. Not long ago Samsung announced Tizen OS, then and more recently Ubuntu shown us the Ubuntu OS now, Mozilla have come along with Firefox OS.
Well, we knew all three OS’s were in the pipeline, having been aware of them for some time but, to have all three announced in such a short period of time is unheard of the the smartphone technology market.
Mozilla more renowned for it’s Firefox web browser has joined forces with Smartphone maker ZTE, TCL Communication Technology Holdings (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and Qualcomm.
Chinese phone-equipment maker ZTE said it was working with a European wireless carrier to sell Mozilla’s Firefox OS-powered phones, although no carrier names were mentioned (Mozilla Blog).
Smartphone’s developed by the creators of the Firefox web browser are expected to be launched in Europe in 2013.
ZTE chief executive Cheng Lixin also said the phones could be marketed in the US this year,
“We closely monitor the ecosystem and how it evolves. If that is ready and if consumer studies support that data, then we may launch one in the US also this year.”
When finished, the phones will compete with Google’s Android, but only at the lower end of the smartphone market.
Jay Sullivan, vice president of products at Mozilla, told Bloomberg
“Interest and momentum continues to grow in Firefox OS.”
Firefox OS is already forecast to capture 1% of the share of global smartphone shipments in 2013.
Strategy Analytics recently wrote in a research note:
“Overcoming Android will not be an easy task.
“To expand beyond niche status, Firefox OS will need to address at least three main challenges; they have low brand awareness among smartphone consumers worldwide, a limited retail presence in the influential United States market, and a relatively modest ecosystem of supporting apps and services.”
We are looking forward to seeing all three OS’s on smartphone’s, are you?