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.
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.
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