Last year, Mozilla launched Firefox smartphones in Europe and Latin America. Since it was only able to work with 2 carriers in each country, the company managed to sell only about a million devices. Not the kind of numbers that the big boys are used to, but you have to start somewhere.
Soon, they will have another chance to sell more phones, since this month, the Firefox developer will try their hand in the Indian market, launching a range of cheaper devices, priced up to $50.
In order to keep the price so competitive, Mozilla has partnered with entry-level chip developer Spreadtrum Communications as well as several designers and manufacturers. This allows them to achieve the cost of $25 per smartphone produced. Now they are backed by 10 hardware makers and more than 20 carriers, so they expect to sell a lot more units this time around, with a goal of 10 million devices sold by the end of next year. Do you think they can do it? It seems like India is the right market for sure. We will have to wait and see.
As well as smartphones, the Firefox OS is about to hit tablets, developed by Foxconn Electronics and VIA Technologies. Some of Panasonic’s Smart TVs too.
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