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Old 10-09-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Firefox OS gets major feature boost as second rollout wave looms


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Mozilla has updated its Firefox OS smartphone operating system to enable features such as push notifications and MMS, while also sprucing up the new platform in other ways.

In a blog post on Wednesday, the firm best known for its Firefox browser said Firefox OS 1.1 will come to existing phones “soon”, and would also be installed on new phones. It also gave some updates on the next wave of the Firefox OS rollout.

Of course, because Firefox OS is all about web apps, Android users can also get a flavor of what the apps are like now (spoiler: they’re a wildly mixed bag) by installing the Firefox browser on their smartphones and playing around with the marketplace built into it.

Right now, there are only two Firefox OS handsets on the market, namely Alcatel’s One Touch Fire and ZTE’s Open. Both are cheap, coming in at around $80-$90. Mozilla still hasn’t said whether the second wave of Firefox OS’s rollout will involve new devices — Huawei, LG and maybe even Sony will also be making handsets based on the platform, but no solid details have emerged yet.
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