Mozilla and KDDI Corporation (KDDI) announced plans of launching Firefox OS smartphones in the Japanese market soon. This news comes after their big announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that they will be launching the highly-anticipated Firefox OS in mid-2013.
Firefox OS is the new mobile platform being developed by Mozilla which will challenge Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS in the mobile market. It utilizes open web technologies like HTML5 and has no proprietary restrictions, in keeping with Mozilla’s goal for open development of the online world. The launch of this new OS will make application development even more competitive and faster, as well as bring even more innovation to the industry, with an eye out for fair competition. Gary Kovacs, the chief executive of Mozilla, says that the developer community and their partners will “usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online.”
He also said that the community will benefit greatly by partnering with KDDI in Japan and called the Japanese mobile market “one of the most innovative in the world.” KDDI also announced that they will be donating their code back to the Firefox OS developer community, a landmark moment in the mobile and industrial history of Japan.
[ via KDDI ]