New Delhi: Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser, has tied up with handset makers Intex and Spice to bring smartphones priced at $25 (Rs 1,500) to India in the next few months, a move that may redefine the “ultra-affordable” mobile phone market in the country.
“Mozilla is dedicated to putting the power of the web in people’s hands, and Firefox OS frees consumers, developers, mobile providers and manufacturers from the limitations and restrictions of proprietary platforms,” Mozilla Chief Operating Officer Li Gong said in a statement.
“These phones will be affordably priced to ensure everyone can enjoy and experience the power of the Firefox OS phone,” Modi added.
In the first quarter of 2014, 17.59 million smartphones were shipped in India compared with 6.14 million in the same period of 2013.
Low-cost handsets prices less than Rs 5,000 and smartphones not costing more than Rs 7,000 from Asian handset makers including Huawei, ZTE, Micromax and Karbonn have been driving growth in the emerging markets of Asia and Africa.
Other devices with Firefox OS to be available globally include the ZTE Open II and the Alcatel OneTouch Fire E.
The ZTE Open II has dual-core processors for better performance and will be available in the coming months in Latin America.
The Alcatel OneTouch Fire E has a dual-core Snapdragon processor with 5MP camera and 4.5-inch qHD screen for higher resolution.
Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser, has tied up with handset makers Intex and Spice to bring smartphones priced at Rs 1,500 to India in the next few months.