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CES 2013: Mozilla previews upcoming Firefox OS mobile software

January 08, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez

LAS VEGAS -- Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that brought the world the Firefox Web browser, has been working on a mobile operating system that is set to debut later this year. And we got a chance to look at it.

Mozilla developer Christian Heilmann brought a developer phone running Firefox OS to Digital Experience, an event Monday night leading up to opening day of CES.

Firefox OS looked pretty slick as Heilmann gave me a tour through the software. The interface is like a cross between Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system. Apps line up in rows similarly to the iPhone, but overall, the interface comes off more playful, like Android.

Photos: CES 2013 in Las Vegas

The entire software is based off of HTML 5. That, Heilmann said, lets anyone who is capable of building a website build an app for Firefox OS.

The Mozilla operating system is set to debut this year. Firefox OS will first appear in Brazil with a low-cost phone by Telefonica.

Firefox OS is expected to eventually make its way to the U.S., but the exact timing is still up in the air, Mozilla told The Times.

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