Mozilla joins Spice to bring Rs 1,500 Firefox smartphone to India; launch in July

Jun 12 2014, 17:10 IST
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Mozilla showcased a smartphone prototype costing as little as Rs 15,00 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. (Reuters) Mozilla showcased a smartphone prototype costing as little as Rs 15,00 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. (Reuters)
SummaryMozilla showcased a smartphone prototype costing as little as $25.

and Nokia 4 per cent in Q1, IDC said.

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.

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Handset makers in the country believe India is on the cusp of a digital revolution as consumers switch from feature phones to smartphones at a scorching pace.

Various reports suggest that the next billion population accessing the Internet for the first time will do so on their phones instead of personal computers.

Also, the next 100 million connected users are expected to demand mobile content and services in local languages across a range of smart devices at an affordable cost.

Companies such as Microsoft, which acquired Nokia's handset division, are also targeting the affordable smartphone category aggressively, estimating it to be a USD 50 billion annual opportunity.

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.

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