Deutsche Telekom today announced that it's the first mobile operator in Europe to launch a smartphone with the upcoming Mozilla operating system - Firefox OS - on the European market, the "Alcatel One Touch Fire". Deutsche Telekom and Mozilla, along with other partners, have been working together to develop an open-source standard for mobile operating systems for a long time. The partnership aims to create more competition on the market and more choice for customers. The Alcatel One Touch Fire represents the first milestone achievement. Deutsche Telekom has been involved in the development of the new Mozilla operating system for smartphones since the project began in 2011.
On Mozilla Firefox OS, all apps and websites function within the browser environment. Only applications that are written in the most common Web languages - in particular HTML 5 - will be supported. These apps can either be opened in the browser the same way as websites or pre-installed like voice, text messaging and address book applications. Deutsche Telekom contributes not only the strategically relevant building blocks, such as those for security, but also provides a network operator's perspective on technical requirements and coordinates collaboration with smartphone manufacturers. Beyond this, Deutsche Telekom supports Mozilla's development community by organizing various events such as the Mozilla Work Week in Berlin, a "hackathon" in Warsaw and App Days in San Francisco.
Deutsche Telekom is cooperating with Mozilla to promote open standards and competition between ecosystems: A developer-friendly operating system drives innovative applications and makes better integration of individual services and platforms possible. Deutsche Telekom sees great potential in this new approach, as well as in that of developing a good smartphone at a reasonable price. With the Alcatel One Touch Fire powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1 GHz CPU, Deutsche Telekom is launching an "affordable" Mozilla smartphone on the European market. The device will be available in Poland this summer - further countries will follow over the course of 2013.
Cheers ~ Arne