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Spice Unveils Spice Fire One – Mi FX1, the Affordable Firefox OS smartphone at ₹2,229

As announced last week, Spice Retail Limited today unveiled its first Firefox OS powered smartphone in partnership with Mozilla Foundation, the Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1. Targeting feature phone users switching to smartphones, the device supports Indian languages such as Hindi, Tamil, and Bangla.

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Intex Cloud FX, the first Firefox OS phone in India, is India’s lowest priced Smartphone at ₹1,999

In a press conference in New Delhi today, Intex Technologies announced the launch of India’s lowest priced smartphone, the Intex Cloud FX. The smartphone runs on Firefox OS, and is the first Firefox OS device available in India and Asia, beating the upcoming Spice Fire One launch. Continue reading Intex Cloud FX, the first Firefox OS phone in India, is India’s lowest priced Smartphone at ₹1,999

Sony Xperia E Gets An Experimental Firefox OS ROM

In a surprising move and showing its support for the Firefox OS, Sony has released an experimental Firefox OS build for one of its budget-oriented Jelly Bean running handset – the Xperia E. Firefox OS is based on the fully open web standards, and was seen running on a number of low to mid-range devices announced at MWC. The Xperia E specifications matches closely to all those Firefox OS running handset, which made it a clear candidate for the experimental ROM.

Sony clearly states that the ROM is experimental in nature and only for developers and advanced users. The company has turned off the mobile radio, which means that it is not possible to make calls, use mobile data or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Other deal breakers include an unstable SD card functionality, and an uncalibrated touch screen. If you are interested in flashing Firefox OS on your Xperia E, you will need to unlock its bootloader first, which will void your handset’s warranty.

If all the above issues are not a deal breaker for you, head over to Sony’s official announcement post for the download link and instructions.

Mozilla Moving Forward with Mobile Firefox OS

Mozilla has officially announced they have hardware partners for the new mobile platform that will be launching. Previously known as Boot to Gecko, Firefox Mobile OS is a complete HTML5 and web-technology based operating system. It was demoed and is available in a pre-alpha version for specific Android handsets, as a flashable image for those eager to test it out.

The first mobile devices to ship with the polished ‘Boot to Gecko’ project will be manufactured by TCL Communication Technology (better known as Alcatel) and ZTE. Both Alcatel and ZTE currently manufacture low-end Android smartphones and will likely ramp up production of devices built for Firefox Mobile OS. Mozilla has confirmed the devices will be using the popular Snapdragon SoC to power the Gaia UI.

In addition to hardware, Mozilla has also received backing from operators in many countries. Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor have all been partnered with for the possible launch of Firefox Mobile devices and services. Hopefully this will also lead to a dramatic reduction in cost of data access for end-users.

Mozilla indicates once again, they are committed to creating a fully open and accessible platform that conforms to W3C standards. Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla, stated;

 “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers.  As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,”.

That last bit is a bit reminiscent of Nokia’s S40 and Meltemi plan for “the next billion” – and we know where that has gotten them. Many have tried, and many have failed, but if Mozilla can compete with the likes of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, then it will pave the way for true openness with mobile devices.

According to their roadmap schedule, their next milestone will be July 20th, which marks full completion of Gecko and Gaia functionality and moves towards more optimizations. Based on the timeline already completed, we might see a functional developer device within the next few months. Who knows, within the year, you might be staring at the below image while your phone boots up.