Mozilla’s Firefox OS software is already mostly found on low-cost smartphones. But next year we may start to see it on even cheaper phones.
At Mobile World Congress event in Spain this week, Mozilla announced it’s working with wireless carriers Verizon, KDDI, LG U+ and Telefonica to bring Firefox OS to devices the kind of device that we currently thin of as feature phones rather than smartphones.
That includes flip phones, sliders, and slates. Firefox OS will bring features including web browsing, maps and navigation, music and video playback, camera functionality, and third-party apps to the kinds of phones that might otherwise only support phone calls and text messages.
We should start to see Firefox OS devices in these new form factors in 2016.
Other Firefox OS-related news from MWC includes announcements that:
- Alcatel OneTouch is launching the Orange Klif, a $40 dual-SIM 3G phone with a MediaTek processor, a 3.5 inch screen, and microSD card slot
- Wireless carrier Orange will be offering Firefox phones in 13 new markets
- Future versions of Firefox OS will offer better support for multi-core processors, support for NFC payments, and privacy enhancements