Two Firefox OS phones went on sale on Tuesday in Brazil, a country on which Mozilla has been pinning many of its Firefox OS hopes. In addition to the Alcatel One Touch Fire, already the de facto flagship device for the nascent operating system since it’s available in most countries that offer Firefox phones, Brazil gets the higher-end LG Fireweb. The strategy has proved successful for Telefonica and Mozilla. In a recent interview with CNET, Telefonica’s director of open Web services and chief Firefox salesman, Yotam Ben-Ami, said Firefox OS accounts for 12 percent of the company’s sales in Venezuela after only three months.
Firefox OS is built around applications written in HTML5. Mozilla Foundation is pitching it as a better option for low-end smartphones, and devices running it will compete head-to-head with cheap Android smartphones and other platforms such as Nokia’s Asha. This is good for people with low-end smartphones because they will be getting better a better OS. This will also benefit Firefox because they will gain more users (hopefully).
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