We announced the $25 Firefox OS smartphone with Spreadtrum Communications, targeting retail channels in emerging markets, and attracting operator interest to boot. This is an upgrade for those channels at about the same price as the feature phones selling there today. (Yes, $25 is the target end-user price.)
We showed the Firefox OS smartphone portfolio growing upward too, with more and higher-end devices from existing and new OEM partners. Peter Bright’s piece for Ars Technica is excellent and has nice pictures of all the new devices.
We were above the fold for the third year in a row in Monday’s MWC daily.
As I’ve noted before, our success in attracting partners is due in part to our ability to innovate and standardize the heretofore-missing APIs needed to build fully-capable smartphones and other devices purely from web standards. To uphold tradition, here is another update to my progress reports from last year and from 2012.
Next, links for “Really-New” APIs, most making progress in standards bodies:
- DataStore (via the W3C SysApps WG)
- Web Audio
- SimplePush (note conformance issues, to be fixed)
- Desktop notification API
- WebNFC, upcoming in Firefox OS 1.4
- Inter-app communication API
- TCP socket API
- WebRTC, including
- SPDY Push
Yet more APIs, some new enough that they are not ready for standardization:
- Multiple-SIM support (DSDS)
- FileSystem support (note that the spec is not finished yet)
- Porting more APIs to Web Workers
- Gamepad API in Gecko 28; not yet in Firefox OS
- Network Information API (Firefox OS bug)
- Keyboard API
Finally, the lists of new APIs in Firefox OS 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3:
This is how the web evolves: by implementors championing and testing extensions, with emerging consensus if at all possible, else in a pref-enabled or certified-app sandbox if there’s no better way. We thank colleagues at W3C and elsewhere who are collaborating with us to uplift the Web to include APIs for all the modern mobile device sensors and features. We invite all parties working on similar systems not yet aligned with the emerging standards to join us.