Ubuntu and Firefox OS Capture Attention of Carriers

Ubuntu OS

Firefox OS

Yes, I’m here to let you know about a few new things that are going on with both phone OS’. Firefox is to launch their first phone with their new OS. It will be released through T-Mobile, but it won’t be in the States it will be released in Poland. You, may want to know why I keep bringing up Ubuntu or even Firefox OS again and again. Because I’m a fan of not only Free, but of something that will allow someone not working for that company to create something spectacular. If I knew how to program I would be writing apps, games, and really anything that I think people would like or need.

With the construct of the OS using the HTML5 technology, this means the phones apps are web based. Taking away the need for the compiling for each smartphone’s own platform. T-Mobile will launch the Alcatel One Touch in Poland Monday starting at 1 zloty (US$0.30), the company said. It didn’t provide any tariff details. In Spain, Telefonica put another Firefox handset, the ZTE Open, on sale July 2 for €69 (US$90) with a prepaid subscription. Both carriers are planning wider availability of the phones as the year progresses.

Other countries will get their hands on a Firefox OS phone later in the year. Also, beyond the two launch carriers, Mozilla has already signed up at least 15 other mobile network operators to put Firefox OS handsets on sale. They include América Móvil, China Unicom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom. A firm launch plan has not been announced as of yet.

Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, it is hiring a team of several thousand software engineers to work on the platform and support customers, it said recently. Next for Mozilla is to get there OS on a tablet. Mozilla is “moving aggressively and you’ll see things soon,” CTO Brendan Eich said when asked about a tablet.

Ubuntu OS

Ubuntu (one of my favorite Linux OS’) has captured the attention of Verizon, and they have joined Ubuntu’s carrier advisory group, in hopes to bring the first Ubuntu phone to the U.S. While Canonical has been successful in gaining the attention of European telecoms with their Ubuntu-based smartphones, the company has had a harder time getting U.S. carriers to bite. Verizon now joining them will now get the OS more exposure and make an impact in some form since Verizon is a the nation’s largest carrier, allowing Canonical the opportunity to “shape Ubuntu into the most compelling new, alternative platform for mobile.”

Samir Vaidya, a member of Verizon’s Device Technology team states, “Verizon Wireless is joining Ubuntu’s CAG to participate in technology discussions around this new platform, which has the ability to bring new and exciting features to developers and ultimately, customers.” Canonical stated that they would like to have the first Ubuntu-based smartphones in two global markets by this October, with more markets following in 2014.

I hope when these come to the U.S. that I will get a chance to try them out on their phone platforms. I know Ubuntu has been tried on other devices manually via those wonderful programmers and flashing their device’s Android OS. I want to try them on a device that is programed in every way for the OS with (I hope) no hiccups, but if there is I want to be one to find them, so I could report them to get fixed.

So with new things come those who don’t want to change, but just maybe, change will be a great thing.

By: Forrest L. Rawls

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