Firefox OS Project: An Open Web Operating System

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    The Firefox OS Smartphone

    The mobile space has taken over the desk- and laptop as the preferred means by which millions of people communicate, learn, conduct business, consume media, and socialize globally. Mozilla, with its mission of fostering an open, standards based web, created a firefox OS based smartphone that has the potential to change the landscape of smart mobile technology, is partnered with DT whose mission is to of provide their consumers with choice, standards-based solutions, innovation and a trusted high-end user experience. The Firefox OS smartphone has the potential to accelerate the development of mobile web-applications and shift the mobile ecosystem from closed and proprietary architectures to an open web.

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      The Firefox OS Mobile Web

      Firefox OS smartphones are enabled by three sets of inter-related technologies: web-based application development and rich cloud-based delivery environments; increasing network speed and connectivity; and the continuous and rapid growth in the power, capacity, and capabilities of smart devices, especially smartphones. Key to the success and adoption of the Firefox OS smartphone are the application developers whose applications provide high value and the means to engage users as never before. The Firefox OS smartphone was launched in Europe this summer with additional launches planned for 2013 and 2014 in Europe, South America and elsewhere.

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        The Firefox OS Community

        We, along with other operators and the open source communities, are partners with Mozilla developing software that will bring the open web into the hands of millions of users and enable HTML5/js application developers to write web-applications that will run on Firefox OS. One benefit for the application developer is that they will no longer have to chose what to target first, or to maintain multiple versions of their software. Web applications developed for FFOS will run on any device whose browser supports HTML5 and javascript. Follow its development at Firefox OS

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    The Firefox OS and NFC

    Near Field Communication, NFC, is a set of related technologies that enables smartphones to communicate over extremely short distances or by touching. Its applications include exchanging and sharing content including URLs, Video and other media, reading and writing tags, purchasing and payment through mobile wallets and so on. DT has led the initiative to develop NFC infrastructure for the Firefox OS smartphone and is together with Mozilla and KDDI driving the implementation of an NFC enabled Firefox OS smartphone.

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      Firefox OS Security

      Security is as much about trust as it is about protecting, in this case, information that has value to its holder. Whether its personal, financial, health, or other information, or more simply just trusting that the applications in use on your device have a need to access information they're requesting access for. Because of the increasing on-line and persistent presence of devices on networks accessing, communicating, and consuming data and programs our level of blind faith in the safety of our on-line activities is being increasingly tested. Simply put, the goal of security within the Firefox OS smartphone and other devices is to enhance each user's confidence and trust on-line.

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        Firefox OS Privacy

        Privacy, like security, is as much about trust, as it is about specific mechanisms that may be implemented to provide privacy. For example, FireFox OS' enabeling Do Not Track, improving cookie control, protecting PII among other features are about raising our confidence that smartphones provide us with a degree of privacy. As part of an overall privacy model for the FxOS smartphone, these and other like features are becoming increasingly important as smartphones overtake other web-devices as the primary means to communicate, browse, and engage in social networking among other activities.

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    Firefox OS User Experience

    User experience encompasses understanding who in which markets are potential consumers, what those consumers want, measuring user satsifaction and combining all of the above into a design that delights. Our work includes detailed demographic studies of the countries we are launching the FireFox OS Smartphone in, measuring user satisfaction and feedback, and influencing design. Our team spans all of those activities and together with Mozilla we are dedicated to creating a smartphone that provides the applications, services, and capabilities that users want and provides a great user experience.

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      Firefox OS Network Signaling

      Exponentially growing mobile data traffic is well known and documented; exponentially growing signalling traffic is a new challenge. With the first signaling traffic driven network congestion incidents occuring in 2010 a number of tasks forces were started inside DT to address the growing problem which effects both operators and consumers alike. Operators are faced with growing congestion on their networks; consumers are faced with shortened battery life and data leakage. because this is a problem that effects DT as an operator, as well as DT's and Mozilla's Firefox OS customers, DT is actively addressing and developing software to reduce the amount of this network traffic yielding benefits to operators and consumers.