Firefox OS Smartphones Change The Mobile Landscape Across India

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The launch of two Firefox OS phones in India in the same week marks an exciting moment in Mozilla’s mission to promote openness and innovation on the Web, and an opportunity to empower millions of Indians wanting to buy their first smartphones. Firefox OS will enable users to obtain lower-cost devices that offer telephony, messaging and camera and rich capabilities like built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter, the Firefox browser, FM radio and popular apps.

Intex Technologies has introduced the Cloud FX and will offer the phone exclusively on Snapdeal.com to give their customers a powerful and customizable smartphone experience. Spice Retail Limited is making the Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 available exclusively on Snapdeal.com for a short time before selling it through major retail stores, Spice HotSpot stores and www.saholic.com.

“It is exciting to see the Intex Cloud FX and Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 now available as the first Firefox OS devices in India and Asia. The positive consumer feedback from other markets tells us that people like the unique user experience and openness we’re building with Firefox OS. With support from Intex and Spice, Firefox OS smartphones in the ultra-low-cost category will redefine the entry-level smartphone and create strong momentum in Asia,” said Dr. Li Gong, President of Mozilla.

Intex Cloud FX“The launch of Intex Cloud FX marks the beginning of a new era of the Indian smartphone market and Intex is proud to be the first Indian company to understand and deliver on market needs. With the launch of Intex Cloud FX, we aim to enable the masses to get smartphone experience at the cost of a feature phone. We are delighted to partner with Snapdeal.com, the partnership allows us to offer the smartphone pan-India at a revolutionary cost,” said Keshav Bansal, Director, Marketing, Intex Technologies.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Prashant Bindal, Chief Executive Officer, Spice Mobility Ltd, said, “This is a step towards enabling the dreams of the small town masses of connecting with their aspirations through affordable smartphones. With the ultra-low cost Spice Fire One, we at Spice, aim to convert the feature phone users into smartphone users, thereby, aiding them with the power of Internet. Our intentions are clearly to synthesize technology and style in our products and make them available at affordable prices. This partnership with Mozilla showcases our commitment to providing the best technological innovations first hand to our customers. This joint undertaking with Mozilla is a breakthrough in product offering and a brand new concept for smartphones.”

“The launch of India’s first Firefox OS smartphone by Intex and at such a lucrative price point, exclusively on Snapdeal.com, is very exciting, given the enablement it will provide to current feature phone users to upgrade to a high quality smart phone. We are sure to see a very positive response from our customers,” said Kunal Bahl, Co-Founder & CEO, Snapdeal.com.

Intex Cloud FX in Hindi

Intex Cloud FX – Hindi

The Intex Cloud FX is equipped with Firefox OS, a 1.0 GHz processor and expandable memory of up to 4GB. It boasts dual-SIM capabilities, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy connectivity, and built-in functionality for users to monitor and control their data usage. Several languages are supported on the phone, including Hindi and Tamil.

The Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 comes with a

Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 - Tamil

Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 – Tamil

1 GHz processor, 2.5 G connectivity, 8.89 cm HVGA capacitive touch screen and 1.3MP primary camera + 0.3 MP front camera. This device also supports several Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil and Bangla.

Now available on ten smartphones offered by seven major operators in 18 countries, Firefox OS is bringing the power of the Web to more people around the world. The success and growth of the platform is encouraging partners to advance Firefox OS across even more markets, devices and form factors over the coming months. We look forward to continue seeing Firefox OS unlock the mobile industry and break down the barrier of entry for those buying their first smartphones.

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74 Countries and Counting: Mozilla’s Maker Party Increases Web Literacy Across the Globe

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Back in July we kicked-off Maker Party, our annual campaign to teach the web around the world. Throughout  this two-month campaign we have seen people on nearly every continent  increase their web literacy by writing their first line of code, making their first app, taking steps to protect their privacy, or creating engaging content for others to enjoy, share or remix. They’re all coming together thanks to the individuals and organizations that are helping us grow a movement by teaching their friends, family and communities through hands-on making and learning events.
 
In the first month alone:
 
  • 1800 events have been logged at webmaker.org/events
  • 75,550 individuals attended a Maker Party event
  • 485 individuals hosted events 
  • 300 organizations hosted events and/or helped us spread the world about Maker Party
  • People in 74 countries have been involved in this global campaign
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Here’s a glimpse from Maker Party events in the last month:
Mozfest East Africa in Uganda, the biggest event of it’s kind in Africa.

Mozfest East Africa in Uganda, the biggest event of it’s kind in Africa.

Creating 300 new makes on Webmaker in under an hour in Hyderabad

Creating 300 new makes on Webmaker in under an hour in Hyderabad

Teaching how to make digital stories with Parapara and creating KUMI toys in Toronto

Teaching how to make digital stories with Parapara and creating KUMI toys in Toronto

Learning how to make apps with Appmaker in Taipei

Learning how to make apps with Appmaker in Taipei

Youth learning how to navigate, search and edit media in NYC

Youth learning how to navigate, search and edit media in NYC

 

We also hosted a global online #teachtheweb training to advocate for and teach Net Neutrality. (Read the tweetchat that followed.)

There are many more Maker Party events coming up in the next few weeks as students of all ages return to school in many parts of the world. These events capture the true spirit of Mozilla and it’s Maker Party the campaign, and their back-to-school timing also highlights the natural bond between the learning process and the internet.
Here are just a few of the upcoming events:
 
 

Get involved:

  • Do you have events coming up that involve teaching the web and its principles  either online or offline? Add them to our map and show the rest of the world what you’re doing.
  • Find an event near you 
  • Join the Maker Party conversation on Twitter by following @Webmaker and the #MakerParty hashtag

Chris Beard Named CEO of Mozilla

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I am pleased to announce that Chris Beard has been appointed CEO of Mozilla Corp. The Mozilla board has reviewed many internal and external candidates – and no one we met was a better fit.

As you will recall, Chris re-joined Mozilla in April, accepting the role of interim CEO and joining our Board of Directors.

Chris first joined Mozilla in 2004, just before we shipped Firefox 1.0 – and he’s been deeply involved in every aspect of Mozilla ever since. During his many years here, he at various times has had responsibility for almost every part of the business, including product, marketing, innovation, communications, community and user engagement.

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First Commercial Web Games Launch Leveraging Mozilla-Pioneered Technology

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Mozilla is proving the Web is a powerful gaming platform by creating new technologies and developer tools that enable game creators to port their popular titles to the Web. One of the trailblazers using these technologies is Trendy Entertainment, which is leveraging Emscripten and asm.js to bring its highly popular Dungeon Defenders title to the Web. Trendy announced today it will release a version of Dungeon Defenders Eternity featuring the same visuals and gameplay as the native desktop version, but available on the Web at near native speeds. Later today, the full game will be available to buy on Steam.

This builds on the momentum from GDC early this year where several of the biggest names in the gaming industry announced they were bringing their innovative web-based tools to the Web, including Unity, with its WebGL add-on.

Here’s a sneak peak at Dungeon Defenders Eternity:

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Firefox OS Ecosystem Shows Strong Momentum and Expands Across New Devices, Markets and Categories

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Firefox OS has unlocked the mobile ecosystem and is quickly expanding across a broad range of devices and product categories in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Just one year after the first devices were launched, Firefox OS is now available on seven smartphones offered by five major operators in 15 countries, showing strong signs of ecosystem momentum and widespread industry adoption.

Firefox OS Market Launch Timeline
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Improving JPEG Image Encoding

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Editor’s Note: Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO, posted on his blog about Mozilla and the recent release of mozjpeg 2.0 and Facebook’s support for the JPEG encoder. This is reposted below:

Images are a big proportion of the data that browsers load when displaying a website, so better image compression goes a long way towards displaying content faster. Over the last few years there has been debate on whether a new image format is needed over the ubiquitous JPEG to provide better image data compression.

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Mozilla’s annual Maker Party begins today!

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Mozilla is thrilled to announce the official kick-off of Maker Party, our annual campaign to teach the culture, mechanics and citizenship of the Web through thousands of community-run events around the world.

Mozilla believes success in the 21st century depends on digital literacy: the skills people need to read, write and participate on the web. Maker Party is all about teaching these skills in a fun, hands-on way.  Participants meet up with others at events of all sizes to explore the how and why of building apps and webpages with code, design, media and interactive elements.

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Mozilla Festival returns to London in October

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Mozilla is excited to announce the Mozilla Festival (#MozFest) will return to Ravensbourne, a wired media and design campus in East London, from October 24th through 26th. Registration is now open: http://mzl.la/Mozfestticket

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MozFest is the birthplace of many of Mozilla’s best and most innovative ideas.  Hundreds of passionate people—journalists, coders, filmmakers, designers, educators, and gamers from all over the world—will convene for three days of productive skill-sharing and collaboration. The  Festival features interactive sessions designed to foster participation and learning, as well as dedicated time for hacking on ideas that emerge  when hundreds of bright minds gather together in one space.

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Mozilla announces a partnership with The New York Times, The Washington Post and Knight Foundation for a new online community platform.

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Mozilla is proud to announce a new partnership with The New York Times and The Washington Post, funded by $3.89 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to build a new, open-source content and commenting platform.

The community platform will allow news organizations to connect with audiences beyond the comments section, deepening opportunities for engagement. Through the platform, readers will be able to submit pictures, links and other media; track discussions, and manage their contributions and online identities. Publishers will then be able to collect and use this content for other forms of storytelling and spark ongoing discussions by providing readers with targeted content and notifications.

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President Obama Announces Mozilla’s Maker Party 2014 at First-Ever White House Maker Faire

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Today, at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, President Obama is calling for a national Day of Making, and paying homage to the makers, innovators, tinkerers, educators and entrepreneurs that are bringing ideas to life, and helping spread the maker ethos far and wide.

In the spirit of that effort, President Obama will also be helping us announce Maker Party 2014—the Mozilla Webmaker campaign to teach the web on a global scale through hands-on learning and making—as well as some of the key partners that will join us this year.

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