Firefox OS Previewed at CES 2013

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – In 2013, the market could experience a new mobile OS attempt to compete in a field already dominated by the likes of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

Enter Firefox OS, something Mozilla initially announced in July – but this week, the world received a more in depth preview of the platform thanks to 2013’s Consumer Electronics Show.

There, a Mozilla developer showcased how the operating system worked via a preview phone to the Los Angeles Times.

Firefox OS’s welcome screen features the time, the ability for users to unlock their phone or take pictures. All apps appear pretty standard.

Mozilla also emphasized the system’s open source compatibility, meaning it could run faster on older phones – including in markets where users can’t afford higher priced devices. The OS is mostly powered via HTML5.

Mobile providers including Sprint and Deutsche Telekom previously agreed to carry Firefox OS-ready devices. The first Firefox phone is expected to launch in Brazil sometime this year.