Firefox OS extended to 14 countries

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Operating system backed by more than 17 major networks globally since launching at Mobile World Congress last year

A new operating system which O2 CEO Ronan Dunne says will be more popular than BlackBerry this year year, is now available in 14 countries worldwide.

The rollout of a newly-launched OS Mozilla Firefox was this month extended to 14 countries, after Telecom Italia launched its first Mozilla-run device, the Alcatel One Touch Fire.

The OS has been backed by more than 17 major networks globally, including Telefonica, since launching at the Mobile World Congress in February, where Dunne made his claim it will become the third biggest OS, behind Android and iOS.

The OS is designed for first time smartphone users on more value-focused devices, in an attempt to create greater rivalry to iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry.

Manufacturers ZTE and LG have already launched Mozilla, which is expected to be available in the UK early next year, although the firm declined to comment on timings or partnershps.

Other countries, include Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Germany,  Serbia and Montenegro, Norway and Venezuela.

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