Firefox has been late in the game, but Mozilla seems determined. The company today announced several new smartphones with Firefox OS in partnership with ZTE, Huawei and Alactel. Company also announced its partnership with Shanghai-based semiconductor company Spreadtrum, which will provide a low cost chipset for $25 Firefox Phone!
“Firefox OS is off to an amazing start. We launched our first smartphones in July, and have since expanded into fifteen markets. People in Latin America and Eastern Europe have eagerly upgraded from their feature phones to Firefox OS smartphones and now have rich access to the Web and apps. Sales have far exceeded our targets. But 2013 was just the beginning. In 2014, we are differentiating our user experience and our partners are growing the portfolio of devices,” said Jay Sullivan, chief operating officer of Mozilla.
The upcoming Firefox OS will bring support for Dual SIM, LTE connectivity, replaceable Home Screen and other software improvements. The upcoming Firefox devices include ZTE Open C and Open II, Huawei Y300, Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, Fire E, Fire S and Fire 7 tablet.
All of these smartphones feature entry level specs and price tag. Mozilla is targeting the dirt cheap smartphone segment, where it sees a potential userbase for its Firefox OS. The prospects of a ridiculously cheap $25 dollar Smartphone are intriguing to us.