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Spreadtrum unveils entry-level Firefox phone at MWC

Posted: 24 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:entry-level smartphone  Firefox  reference designs 

Spreadtrum Communications today will unveil the SC6821, its first chipset for entry-level smartphones, running on Firefox OS. The China-based fabless semiconductor company teamed up with Mozilla to enable handset makers develop smartphones with 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreens, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and camera functions and access to HTML5 applications at prices similar to budget feature phones.

"Turnkey solutions benefit the vast majority of small handset makers by reducing the time and cost involved in bringing new devices to market," said Stuart Robinson of Strategy Analytics. "This joint effort between Spreadtrum and Mozilla will help make Firefox OS more readily available to handset makers that focus on the needs of entry level smartphone buyers in emerging markets."

Spreadtrum and Mozilla have completed the integration of Firefox OS with Spreadtrum's SC6821 and SC7710 WCDMA smartphone chipsets, and expect to complete a turnkey reference design for the SC7715, Spreadtrum's single-core WCDMA smartphone chipset with integrated connectivity, next month. Spreadtrum and Mozilla's collaboration will extend across the full chipset portfolio of Spreadtrum.

Firefox OS offers Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs that enable developers to build fun and rich app experiences that were previously only available to proprietary native apps, which are fragmented by platform and not portable.

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