Zen Mobile to Release Super Cheap Firefox OS Smartphone in India
Here at GigJets we love reporting about emerging mobile operating systems, because we believe the world needs diversity. After telling you how you can buy Jolla’s Sailfish OS smartphone, here are some updates on Firefox OS.
According to a recent blog post from Mozilla, Zen Mobile is set to launch its first Firefox OS smartphone in India this month, and it’s said to follow the tradition of revealing incredibly cheap handsets.
Mozilla said in an official blog post the following:
“Zen Mobile will launch a Firefox OS phone in the ultra low cost category in India in October. This will bring the number of devices for sale in that country to four.”
We don’t have too many details related to its specs and looks, but judging by the category of consumers that it is targeting, it’s nothing impressive, of course. We’ve recently seen ZTE bringing its Open C to Indian customers, but we don’t really know how well the handsets have been selling.
Deepesh Gupta, Managing Director of Zen Mobile said the following:
“We are thrilled to tie up with Mozilla and ready to offer Zen Mobile handsets powered by the new Firefox OS. Firefox OS opens a new window of opportunities for India and Indian citizens.
Most of the buyers in India are still price conscious and most of them still find owning a smartphone very expensive. Yet nowadays they are aspirational and open to trying new things.”
Li Gong, President of Mozilla, also shared his input:
“Mozilla’s mission has always been global but the successful launch of Firefox OS in Asia in the last quarter proves that this mission appeals to one of the fastest growing populations in the world.
The expansion of Firefox OS into a brand new category of smartphones, along with the continued growth of new form factors holds great promise for the adoption of open Web technology and for enabling millions more people to access the Web.”
Firefox OS is slowly, but surely expanding to new markets, such as Bangladesh but also expanding its partners across France, Germany and other Asian countries. Mozilla has recently even revealed a streaming stick a-la Chromecast that has Firefox OS running.