Deutsche Telekom Increasing Support for Firefox Based Smartphones
Published on: 23rd Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Deutsche Telekom says that it is making a stronger commitment to smartphones based on the Firefox OS and will launch two new models this summer. Over the course of the year the company will also introduce Firefox OS based smartphones to Croatia the Czech Republic Macedonia and Montenegro.
In addition, Deutsche Telekom, in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, has developed the Future of Mobile Privacy features to improve handset security issues.
"The continuing rollout across our European markets is tangible proof of our drive to push Firefox OS together with Mozilla and bring an open operating system to all of our customers," said Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. "The introduction of an even more affordable handset on the one hand and a higher-end model on the other also show we are reaching out to more market segments."
Working with Mozilla, Deutsche Telekom has developed three user-friendly features to bring data privacy closer to customers.
With Guest Mode, users can hide their personal data including call and Internet browsing history and their address books when they are sharing their phones with other people.
Location blur allows them to decide how precisely specific apps can access their location: a weather app, for instance, does not need to know your exact street address, whereas a navigation app does.
The Find My Phone feature enables the user to locate and delete all the data from their smartphone if it is lost or stolen. Unlike other similar solutions, this feature does not require central registration of the device.
These and other features that are part of the Future of Mobile Privacy concept will be introduced in subsequent Firefox OS releases and versions.