Recently, all of our Firefox OS news has looked at the first hardware on which the platform will be available, but at today’s MWC event, Mozilla had some time to more broadly talk about its operating system, the philosophy behind it, and what we can expect as it starts its global roll-out.
We just mentioned the European launch, but initial availability will also include Central and South America; all told, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Venezuela will be included in the first wave.
We’ve heard about ZTE’s and Alcatel’s Firefox OS offerings, and Huawei should have something, as well. The sort of low-end specs we’ve been seeing are a result of the desire to make these smartphones available at what are essentially feature-phone prices, though we’ve heard little in the way of specific numbers.
As for apps, Mozilla has tapped Nokia for its Here product for mapping, which we’ve talked about before. HTML5-based apps should also be available for services like Facebook and Twitter, and you’ll also find games, like Cut The Rope.
Later, in 2014, Firefox OS devices should finally be going up for sale in the US.