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A new mobile operating system premiers this week. Phones with the brand new FirefoxOS are officially for sale in Spain – and coming to countries around the world soon.

Spanish mobile operator Telefonica is now selling the ZTE Open for 69 euros, and it isn’t exactly a powerhouse. Sporting a 3.5-inch 480×320 touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera, 256MB RAM, and 512MB internal memory alongside a bundled 4GB microSD card, it’s not an iPhone killer – and it’s not supposed to be. The idea for this pay-as-you go phone is to offer a simple, affordable alternative to Android and iOS devices.

The operating system, and apps for it, is built around HTML5. Apps developed for FirefoxOS work on any phone, and don’t even need to be installed in order to run. It’s for this reason the operating system can offer what it calls “Adaptive App Search”, which shows you apps relevant to almost any query, which you can open and use in real time – no installation required.

The system also offers a traditional app store, in part to meet consumer expectation. You can browse that app store, right now, at Marketplace.Firefox.com, if you want – no phone required.

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Those in Spain can buy the ZTE Open today (July 2), CNet reports. But where will people be able to buy the ZTE Open, and Firefox phones like it, outside of Spain?

“Firefox OS will be available to buy in July 2013 from Movistar stores in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia,” says the FirefoxOS FAQ. “You can also purchase through T-Mobile stores in Poland.”

The phone is also coming to other countries. Other companies slated to offer FirefoxOS phones include América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom – with release dates to be announced.

For now, everyone else can test FirefoxOS on their desktop Test The Firefox Mobile OS On Your Desktop & See What It's All About [Updates] Test The Firefox Mobile OS On Your Desktop & See What It's All About [Updates] Mozilla is letting you try out its new mobile operating system on the computer. The test versions of the Firefox Mobile OS have been released as desktop builds that will help developers put it through... Read More , check out the new FirefoxOS information page, or just watch the below video from Mozilla, which outlines all features.

Are you curious about this? Or do you love your current phone too much to even consider another OS? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: blog.mozilla.org

  1. Don Gateley
    July 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Hah! Another little example of their competence. When I go to https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/os/ to get more information I find a page that is too long for my FF browser window and the vertical scroll bar scrolls the informational background horizontally. That was enough to kill any motivation to look further.

  2. Don Gateley
    July 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    With the number of outstanding problems that never get fixed in their browser Mozilla has absolutely no credibility with respect to anything new.

    Simple example but a bug that has been around forever, is terribly annoying and never gets fixed is that FF will start bloocking Windows taskbar auto hide and there is nothing you can do to get it auto hiding again other than to install a PC app called "Hide Taskbar" which blocks Firefox's block. There are many, many others if you go to their bugs website.

  3. LedCara
    July 3, 2013 at 1:14 am

    ...the phone itself won't even be distinguished in the range of phones with the same spec as it has...it's ordinary..nothing new..nothing interesting..I'm sorry, but I think I'd rather give Ubuntu OS a chance... :))

  4. Anesh S
    July 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    seems interesting but will there be many apps as android already has monopolized the market :)

  5. Abed S
    July 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Cool

  6. Junil M
    July 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    i think the ubuntu os looks much better than this.

  7. dragonmouth
    July 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    "it’s not an iPhone killer – and it’s not supposed to be."

    But it could prove to be. :-)

    Those that are looking at a smart phone as a laptop replacement will not give the Firefox Phone a second, or even a first, glance. The Fruitco Faithful are definitely going to look down their noses at the Firefox Phone. However, those that are just looking for a cell phone or a smart phone at a reasonable price could be interested. So far, I have resisted the lure of a cell phone but the price of a Firefox Phone makes me think seriously about taking the plunge.

    • Justin Pot
      July 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      I'm in the same boat, actually: no smart phone. Interested in Firefox. The price range, and the open approach to app development, just might end up working for me.

  8. Chew J
    July 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Amazing!

  9. Emlyn
    July 2, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Looks interesting, especially the part about being able to use apps without installing, this should solve the problem the last generation of smartphones had with internal storage. So whens the hands on review and giveaway?

    • Justin Pot
      July 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      We don't have a plan for a giveaway, for now, but it's something we'll work into when the device is more widespread.

      • Schnapps Alex
        July 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

        It seems to me that the giveaways of new products, less common gadgets, gives MRL "advanced" level

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