KDDI Preparing Midrange Firefox Smartphones for December Release
Japanese carrier KDDI is preparing to launch midrange Firefox smartphones locally in December, as they just announced recently. They have partnered with LG for a handset of this type, targeting the midrange segment.
There are already 12 Firefox handsets out there, launched and available in 24 countries. Most of them cost below $100 and India is leading the charge on such devices. They even have models priced as low as $40, or even lower. Chinese vendors, like TCL, Huawei and ZTE are the biggest suppliers for Firefox-based handsets. Players like LG and KDDI will help Firefox OS evolve into a segment with $200 plus prices.
Sony also wants to be part of this movement, although they haven’t expressed a clear movement in that direction. One company that’s sure to skip Firefox is Samsung, that would rather go with its own Tizen OS.