Mozilla pledges quarterly Firefox OS feature releases


Mozilla will deliver feature releases of its fledgling Firefox OS mobile operating system on a quarterly basis, concurrently pushing out security updates for the previous two feature releases every six weeks.

"As far as I know, that's the most aggressive mobile OS release strategy out there (and may still require some tweaking)," said Mozilla Manager of Release Management Alex Keybl.

Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) relies entirely on the Web to enable HTML5 applications with complete access to core device APIs. In addition to core services like voice calling, text messaging, email, Web browsing and a camera, Firefox OS includes built-in social features like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter integration, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Here maps and Firefox Marketplace, which offers HTML5-based apps across a range of categories including games, entertainment, news, business and productivity. Mozilla also will tailor app availability for each regional market.

Earlier this month, Mozilla kicked off regional rollouts of the Alcatel One Touch and ZTE Open, the first commercially released smartphones running Firefox OS. Geeksphone, the small OEM that introduced the first developer preview phones running Firefox OS, is now building the Peak+, a Firefox device targeting the consumer segment.

For more:
- read this Mozilla Future Releases blog post

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