Mozilla partners with Spreadtrum; unveils prototype for a $25 smartphone
Mozilla has revealed in a Sunday announcement that it has signed a chip deal with Chinese low-cost chip maker Spreadtrum. The deal chiefly involves the creation of reference designs for a $25 smartphone.
A prototype for a $25 smartphone has been unveiled by Mozilla - a non-profit organization which is largely known for its Firefox browser - ahead of the Mobile World Conference 2014 which kicks off in Barcelona, Spain on February
24. The smartphone is essentially aimed that the developing markets of the world.
According to analysts, the $25 smartphone from Mozilla will not apparently be as powerful as the high-end handsets, though it will be capable of running mobile apps and making use of mobile Internet. The handset will be powered by Firefox OS and will come with Firefox Marketplace as well as an adaptive app search which has been developed by Mozilla.
The $25 handset will essentially appeal to customers who currently purchase low-priced "feature" phones.
With Mozilla claiming that the $25 smartphone "redefines" the entry-level phone market, Spreadtrum in a press statement: "These solutions expand the global accessibility of open web smartphones to first-time and entry-level smartphone buyers by reducing the time and cost required for handset makers to bring these devices to market."
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