Carriers have already confirmed plans to launch them in new countries this year
Today, Mozilla officially announced the upcoming availability of Firefox OS-based smartphones in more markets around the world, via various wireless carriers.Earlier this year, Mozilla’s partners started selling two Firefox OS smartphones, namely the Alcatel ONE TOUCH Fire and the ZTE Open.
At the moment, the handsets are up for grabs in Spain, Colombia, and Venezuela via Telefónica, as well as in Poland, on the network of T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom).
These two smartphones should arrive on shelves in more countries soon, while also being set to be accompanied by additional handsets, Mozilla announced.
Telefónica has confirmed the availability of these devices in Brazil and three other Latin America markets before the end of this year, and also announced plans to bring the phones to more countries in 2014.
Thomas Kiessling, Deutsche Telekom’s chief product and innovation officer, has confirmed successful sales of Firefox OS smartphones in Poland, and announced plans to bring the first devices to Germany, Greece, and Hungary.
Furthermore, Telenor unveiled its intentions to start selling Firefox OS phones in Hungary, Serbia, and Montenegro before the end of the year.
“The positive market reception of the first Firefox OS smartphones demonstrates that people like the user experience and openness we’re building with Firefox OS,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla chief operating officer.
“We continue to enhance Firefox OS to deliver the best experience for the many people around the world buying their first smartphones. We are looking forward to seeing the response to the next round of Firefox OS launches.”
Additionally, Mozilla unveiled the fact that new smartphones running under Firefox OS will arrive on shelves with version 1.1 of the platform loaded on top right from the beginning.
“New Firefox OS phones will have the latest version of Firefox OS (1.1), which includes many performance improvements and new features like MMS messaging. Existing Firefox OS users will be upgraded to the latest version soon,” the company said.