Mozilla launching cheap Firefox OS smartphones in India

The Intex Technologies Cloud FX is the first handset to go on sale in India to use the Firefox OS operating system.

The Cloud FX will be the first smartphone offered to the country’s consumers to run a cost-effective alternative to Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS operating systems.

In terms of specifications, the handset, built by Intex Technologies specifically for the Indian market, is not going to give the iPhone a run for its money. It has a 3.5-inch screen, a 1 GHz processor and no front-facing camera.

But that’s not the point; the point is the handset’s operating system which is open and created in a language that pretty much all web designers and developers are familiar with — HTML5. It means that potentially anyone with a technological inclination can create an app for it and that that app can be hosted online as part of a website.

The idea is that as well as regional and global app stores, developers can create hyper-local apps for Firefox OS phones.