Open Web Device Compliance Review Board Certifies First Handsets

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Announcement Marks Key Point in Development of Open Source Mobile Ecosystem

San Francisco, Calif. – May 18, 2015: – The Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB), in conjunction with its members ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, Deutsche Telekom, Mozilla, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Telefónica, has announced the first handsets to be certified by the CRB. The CRB is an independently operated organization designed to promote the success of the open Web device ecosystem by encouraging API compliance as well as ensuring competitive performance.

The two devices are the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C and the Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire E. ALCATEL ONETOUCH has also authorized a CRB lab.

The certification process involves OEMs applying to the CRB for their device to be certified. CRB’s authorized labs test the device for open web APIs and key performance benchmarks. CRB’s subject matter experts review the results and validate against CRB stipulated benchmarks with a reference device to ensure compatibility and performance across key use cases. The two ALCATEL ONETOUCH devices passed the CRB authorized test lab procedure and met all CRB certification requirements.

The process is open to all device vendors whether they are a member of CRB or not. The CRB website www.openwebdevice.org will publish the process for applying for certification.

CRB certification testing is conducted by industry labs authorized by the CRB, with each submission expected to be completed within approximately three days. The CRB offers a platform for the rest of the industry to request certification.

“As an initial founding member of the CRB, we are pleased to know that the Board has achieved one of its major objectives in certifying Firefox OS devices on a standard set of Web APIs and performance metrics,” said Jason Bremner, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We expect other companies will also certify, improving their product development cycle time while ensuring a compelling user experience and compliance to standard Web APIs.”

“As one of the partners of the CRB and owners of these certified devices, ALCATEL ONETOUCH is excited to witness the solid progress and achievements made by all members,” said Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “In the coming year, ALCATEL ONETOUCH will continue to contribute to the CRB and establishment of the Firefox OS ecosystem. This news is not only an honor for us but will inspire more Firefox OS partners to strive for certification.”

“In the last three years Mozilla has proven with Firefox OS that open Web technology is a strong, viable platform for mobile,” said Andreas Gal, Chief Technology Officer, Mozilla. “Certification by the CRB provides a launch pad for those who complete to prove that their device offers a consistent and excellent experience for users, reducing time and cost to qualify across operators and markets. Today’s announcement paves the way for other device makers to reach this milestone.”

“TELEFÓNICA supports the opportunities that an open Web ecosystem delivers to mobile consumers,” said Francisco Montalvo, Head of Group Devices Unit at TELEFÓNICA S.A.. “Having CRB as a product certification scheme helps all the partners guarantee that rich Web content is delivered to certified devices with the right level of quality. We are glad to collaborate on this effort.”

“Deutsche Telekom is pleased to be a close partner with Mozilla, Qualcomm, Telefonica, and ALCATEL ONETOUCH among others in the development of the Firefox OS,” said Louis Schreier, Vice President of Telekom Innovation Laboratories’ Silicon Valley Innovation Center. “As one of the founding members of the CRB, our goal in focusing on API compliance and performance is to establish a uniform set of requirements, test and acceptance criteria, enabling uniform and independent testing by accredited labs.”

For more information about the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board, please visit https://openwebdevice.org.

About the CRB
The Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB) is an independently operated organization designed to promote the success of the open Web device ecosystem. It is a partnership between operators, device OEMs, silicon vendors and test solution providers to define and evolve a process to encourage API compatibility and competitive performance for devices. Standards are based on Mozilla’s principles of user privacy and control.

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First Panasonic Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS Debut Worldwide

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The first Panasonic VIERA Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS are now available in Europe and will be available worldwide in the coming months.Firefox OS Smart TV“Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV UI. This allows us to provide a better user experience for our consumers providing a differentiator in the Smart TV market,” said Masahiro Shinada, Director of the TV Business Division at Panasonic Corporation.

The Panasonic 2015 Smart TV lineup includes these models powered by Firefox OS: CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700 and CX680 (models vary by country).

“We’re happy to partner with Panasonic to bring the first Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS to the world,” said Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO. “With Firefox and Firefox OS powered devices, users can enjoy a custom and connected Web experience and take their favorite content (apps, videos, photos, websites) across devices without being locked into one proprietary ecosystem or brand.”

Panasonic Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS are optimized for HTML5 to provide strong performance of Web apps and come with a new intuitive and customizable user interface which allows quick access to favorite channels, apps, websites and content on other devices. Through Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs, developers can leverage the flexibility of the Web to create customized and innovative apps and experiences across connected devices.

Firefox OS is the first truly open mobile platform built entirely on Web technologies, bringing more choice and control to users, developers, operators and hardware manufacturers.

Update on Digital Rights Management and Firefox

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A year ago, we announced the start of efforts to implement support for a component in Firefox that would allow content wrapped in Digital Rights Management (DRM) to be played within the HTML5 video tag. This was a hard decision because of our Mission and the closed nature of DRM. As we explained then, we are enabling DRM in order to provide our users with the features they require in a browser and allow them to continue accessing premium video content. We don’t believe DRM is a desirable market solution, but it’s currently the only way to watch a sought-after segment of content.

Today, Firefox includes an integration with the Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM) to playback DRM-wrapped content. The CDM will be downloaded from Adobe shortly after you upgrade or install Firefox and will be activated when you first interact with a site that uses Adobe CDM. Premium video services, including Netflix, have started testing this solution in Firefox.

Because DRM is a ‘black-box’ technology that isn’t open source, we have designed a security sandbox that sits around the CDM. We can’t be sure how other browsers have handled the “black-box” issue but a sandbox provides a necessary layer of security.  Additionally, we’ve also introduced the ability to remove the CDM from your copy of Firefox. We believe that these are important security and choice mechanisms that allow us to introduce this technology in a manner that lessens the negative impacts of integrating this type of black-box.

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We also recognize that not everybody wants DRM, so we are also offering a separate Firefox download without the CDM enabled by default for those users who would rather not have the CDM downloaded to their browser on install.

As we’ve discussed, DRM is a complicated issue. We want our users to understand its implications and we have developed a teaching kit to introduce DRM, its challenges, and why some content publishers use it.

Orange Launches First Firefox OS Smartphones in Africa

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We are happy to share that the first Firefox OS smartphones went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar this week. This follows an announcement from Mozilla and Orange at Mobile World Congress 2015 that Firefox OS smartphones would be available in markets across Africa and the Middle East later this year.

“We are pleased to partner with Orange to bring the mobile Web to users in a substantial number of new growth markets across Africa and the Middle East said Andreas Gal, CTO of Mozilla. “I’m also thrilled to see how the imminent arrival of Firefox OS has created excitement in the local Mozilla communities.”

Orange Klif 3G-Volcano-Black-_LOFirefox OS is the first truly open mobile platform built entirely on Web technologies, bringing more choice and control to the mobile industry. Through these launches, Mozilla and Orange deliver on the promise of putting the mobile Web within reach of millions more people, not previously addressed by mobile offers. The Orange offer features the newest Firefox OS phone, the Orange Klif. This 3G Firefox OS smartphone is exclusive to Orange.

With these launches, the Firefox OS presence in Africa continues to grow and Orange will launch Firefox OS smartphones in more countries in the coming weeks.

Earlier this spring, Firefox OS phones launched in South Africa.

Please welcome Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer and Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product Strategy

Chris Beard

Today we’re excited to announce two new additions to the leadership team at Mozilla, one joining us for the first time today, and the other returning.

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff joins us this week as Mozilla’s new Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility for leading our global marketing strategy and organization.

Jascha Kaykas-WolffJascha’s background and deep experience in product positioning, marketing strategy, and brand building make him ideally positioned to lead a strategic marketing organization that continues to build Mozilla’s global brands and influence in a highly competitive marketplace.

Jascha was most recently at BitTorrent where he served as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining BitTorrent, Jascha was Chief Marketing Officer for Mindjet, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Customer Success at Involver and led Global Marketing for Webtrends.

He will be based in the Bay Area, working out of our Mozilla Space in San Francisco and our headquarters in Mountain View.

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Nick Nguyen returns to Mozilla today as a Vice President of Product Strategy after 4 years away.  As a product strategist, he will be responsible for leading strategic product initiatives to advance our mission.

Nick NguyenPrior to his return to Mozilla today, Nick served as Sr. Director of Mobile Products at Walmart Labs following the acquisition of Tasty Labs, a mobile and social startup he co-founded and where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Products. At Walmart Labs, he was responsible for launching award-winning Android and iOS apps for Walmart, Sam’s Club and Asda. Prior to this he served as Director of Addons for Mozilla where he was responsible for Firefox ecosystem development and customization features. He has also held a variety of product leadership and software development roles at Yahoo!, Trilogy and Ford Motor Company.

He will be based in the Bay Area and will work primarily out of our headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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We’re thrilled that both Jascha and Nick are joining us in our relentless pursuit of the Mozilla mission, our strategy of building great products and empowering people, and the impact we aim to have on the world.

Welcome Jascha!  Welcome back Nick!

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Firefox for Android Crosses 100 Million Downloads

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We’re proud to share that Firefox for Android has now been downloaded more than 100 million times from Google Play, and has always been consistently rated by users with more than 4.0 stars. From customization, easy search settings and adaptive sharing, to privacy coaching and home panel add-ons, we’ve built an experience that goes beyond browsing, to offer users greater flexibility and control over their online lives.

Firefox for Android is the most customizable mobile Web browser available, with plenty of features that help safeguard your privacy online and make it easier to get to and discover your favorite Web content faster. We’ve always been focused on delivering a product that people love and supports the values of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. By choosing to search for, download and actively use Firefox as their Android browser, our users are reinforcing Mozilla’s mission and embracing Firefox as part of their daily, mobile lives.

Mozilla created Firefox for Android to give you the ability to take the power of Firefox everywhere and we wouldn’t be where we are today without your support. Thank you to those who have made our Android experience possible and to our users that continue to help us bring new features to more people everyday.

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Caption: Firefox for Android: celebrating 100m downloads

In celebration of 100 million downloads, we’re reflecting on all of the important milestones that helped shape Firefox for Android. Take a look at our top 10 list:

Top 10 Firefox for Android Milestones

  1. March 29, 2011: Firefox for Android is launched, complete with Firefox Sync to connect Firefox experience across devices and platforms.
  2. June 26, 2012: Firefox for Android debuts dynamic upgrade for faster Web access and Do Not Track features for added privacy.
  3. February 19, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces support for lightweight themes to offer greater browser personalization.
  4. September 17, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces QuickShare to give you more options when sharing your favourite Web content across social networks.
  5. October 29, 2013: Firefox for Android becomes the first to introduce Guest Browsing to give you additional privacy features.
  6. November 7, 2013: Firefox for Android pre-installed on Kobo Arc Tablets and GIGABYTE GSmart Simba SX1 smartphones.
  7. December 10, 2013: Firefox for Android introduces new Top Sites, History, Bookmarks and Reading List swipeable home screen panels, giving you easier access to the Web content you want to see.
  8. October 14, 2014: Mozilla introduces a quick and easy way to send videos from Firefox for Android straight to your streaming-enabled TV via Roku and Chromecast devices.
  9. November 10, 2014: Mozilla adds DuckDuckGo as a pre-installed search option.
  10. April 9, 2015: Firefox for Android surpasses 100 million downloads.

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Firefox OS Arrives in South Africa

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We are pleased to announce that Firefox OS has expanded to South Africa, in partnership with MTN. Mozilla’s web-based operating system is now available through MTN on the ALCATEL ONETOUCH FIRE E device.

“We built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands”, Li Gong, President of Mozilla, says. “We are excited to see MTN launching the first Firefox OS devices in South Africa, enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost.”

South Africa is the first market in the African region where Firefox OS devices become available. As of today, Firefox OS has launched with local partners in 32 markets on five continents. Additional African market launches are anticipated this year, as announced at MWC.

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Please welcome Allison Banks, Vice President of People

Chris Beard

We’re thrilled to announce that Allison Banks is joining the leadership team at Mozilla today as our new Vice President of People.

As the leader of our global human resource team at Mozilla, Allison will be responsible, above all, for ensuring our people have what they need to help move our mission forward. Specifically, her team will develop and execute the people-related strategies and activities that will help to foster growth, innovation, and our overall organizational effectiveness.

With over 20 years of experience, Allison joins us most recently from GoPro where she served as Sr. Director of HR overseeing the hiring of 900 people, opening offices in seven countries, integrating acquisitions and building the HR processes and systems required to support a dynamic global organization. Prior to GoPro, she developed her HR expertise and track record for inspiring and supporting people at Perforce Software, Citibank, and Ingres.

Allison’s background, experience and passion for the human side of business is an exceptional fit for Mozilla.

She will be based in the Bay Area, working out of our Mozilla Space in San Francisco and our headquarters in Mountain View.

Please join me in welcoming Allison to Mozilla!

chris

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Please welcome David Bryant, Vice President of Platform Engineering

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We’re excited to announce that David Bryant is joining the leadership team at Mozilla today as our new Vice President of Platform Engineering.

David was most recently at Nokia where he served as Vice President of Advanced Engineering and focused on leading the global hardware and software engineering teams to accelerate new mobile product development. He brings with him significant experience in mobile, software architecture and engineering management having held executive leadership positions spanning engineering and marketing at Nokia, Sun and Bell Labs.

We’re thrilled to have David join Mozilla as we work to fulfill our mission of building the Internet as a global public resource open and accessible to all. We do this by building great products that help people take control of and explore the full potential of their online lives, while empowering them with technology, education and opportunity to advance the Open Web.

David’s background, experience and passion for technology, coupled with his commitment to building products and platforms that solve real world problems is an exceptional fit for Mozilla.

He will be based in our headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Please join me in welcoming David to Mozilla!

chris

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