Firefox OS gets Marketplace, support from Sprint
Mozilla showed off some high-profile partners for its Firefox OS at Mobile World Congress 2013
Mozilla showed off its Firefox OS during a press event at Mobile World Congress 2013 and it appears to be gaining some steam with its open-source platform.
Mozilla said that Firefox OS is built on HTML5 and meant to promote open standards but users aren't going to have to sacrifice the smartphone experience to enjoy it. It aims to provide a rich, touch-centric experience that can even let you use apps offline.
Firefox OS has support from America Movil, China Unicorn, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchinson Three Group, KDDI, KT, MetaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, TMN, VimpelCom and more. If you're reading this site, you're probably interested to know that Sprint has also thrown its support behind Firefox OS.
Mozilla also unwrapped the Firefox Marketplace as a central spot for users to find and download apps. Mozilla said that many apps are originally written in HTML5 and then wrapped in a custom layer, so the Firefox Marketplace will be simple to port other apps to. It has the potential to eventually be the largest in the world, Mozilla said.
As you would expect from an organization which pushes open source, Mozilla will allow multiple other entities to set up marketplaces for Firefox OS. This could be similar to how Android has third-party app stores from the likes of Amazon and Getjar.
We even saw some hardware, as the Firefox OS was shown off on a ZTE device and another handset from Alcatel Lucent was teased.