The only independent smartphone OS to launch in multiple countries will demonstrate the next generation of its HTML5-based platform.
San Francisco, February 18, 2014 – Mozilla is pleased to confirm it will be attending, exhibiting and speaking at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year Firefox OS will take its place in Hall 3 of the Fira Gran Via, alongside major operators and device manufacturers.
The advantage of Firefox OS is that it is built to completely open Web standards. With this it has garnered significant industry support since it was introduced at MWC 2013. Devices have quickly commanded market share in Latin America and gone on sale in 14 markets including nine in Europe, with four operators and three handset manufacturers. Its flexibility allows for easy customization to meet the unique needs of a localized customer base who are ready to move from feature phones to smartphones.
Mozilla will also be demonstrating the latest builds of the following products at stand 3C30 in Hall 3:
· Firefox Marketplace: An open environment combining top tier and hyper-local apps that leverages the scale of the Web for users and developers
· Firefox for Android: A customizable solution for integration with 3rd party services, partner distribution and connecting with other people and devices
Schedule of Events:
In addition to demonstrating the current releases of Firefox OS hardware, on devices from ZTE, TCL, and LG, Mozilla also will have advance previews of the next Firefox OS user experience for smartphones. Mozilla and its content publishing partners (including LINE, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Napster, Aviary, Soundcloud, Pinterest and Evernav) will demonstrate the HTML5 apps that deliver the content and performance that users expect from a smartphone device. Away from the stand, Mozilla will participate at the following events:
‘The Future of Voice’
Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich will take part in the panel discussing the latest strategies and technologies driving the changes in voice-based services across the industry. What will be the impact of the move to an all-IP future for voice services? What will new services like VoLTE, WebRTC and HD Voice do for consumers and will they be a point of differentiation for operators?
Date: Wednesday, 26th February, 14:00-15:30 CET
Location: Auditorium 2
‘Mobile and Privacy: Building Trust Through Transparency, Choice and Control’
Mozilla Chief Privacy Officer Alex Fowler will contribute to a seminar discussing the role of mobile OS in providing privacy choices, the emergence of app privacy regulation and what it means for business, and location analytics and privacy. Find out what Mozilla and Deutsche Telekom have been doing together to provide good user privacy experiences.
Date: Thursday, 27th February, 11:00-13:00 CET
Location: GSMA Seminar Theater 2, CC1.5, near Hall 1 entrance
Please visit Mozilla and experience Firefox OS in Hall 3, stand 3C30, at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona from February 24-27, 2014.
Mozilla will also have a selection of executive-level spokespeople attending the show.
To learn more about Mozilla at MWC, please visit: http://www.mozilla.org/mwc
For further details or to schedule a meeting at the show please contact email@example.com.
For additional resources, such as high-resolution images and b-roll video, visit: https://blog.mozilla.org/press.
Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than 15 years. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, half a billion people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. With Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla is driving a mobile ecosystem built entirely on open Web standards, freeing mobile providers, manufacturers, developers and consumers from the limitations and restrictions imposed by proprietary platforms. For more information, visit www.mozilla.org.
Phone: 1-650-903-0800, extension 488
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Pearson, edX, Educational Testing Service, Workforce.io, and more to align with the Open Badge standard
Today, we’re proud to announce a number of major educational and workforce development organizations including Pearson, edX, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Workforce.io and more have committed to adopting the Open Badges standard.
This news was announced today at the Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning in Redwood City, CA, where more than 250 people have gathered to discuss how to recognize achievements, competencies, and skills wherever and however they are learned.
There are now more than 2000 organizations issuing badges that align with the Open Badges standard. Mozilla is supporting this growth through the release of BadgeKit, an out-of-the-box offering for organizations looking to issue and recognize badges. Additionally, we’re very excited about the creation of the Badge Alliance, a new network of organizations that are committed to developing and growing a badge ecosystem with shared values including openness, giving learners agency, and innovation; to be headed by Mozilla’s Open Badges pioneer, Erin Knight.
Mozilla first began working on the Open Badges project with the MacArthur Foundation and the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) in 2011 as an attempt to create a universal way of recognizing the learning that happens everywhere — both inside and outside of the classroom. Though others had previously explored this idea, it was the “open” part that made Open Badges so unique; by keeping the tech and infrastructure open source, we ensured that we weren’t just creating more silos, but rather building the foundation of an ecosystem to foster and recognize the holistic way we now learn.
We’re excited that these new education and workforce organizations will be joining the ecosystem, and anticipate the arrival of additional major partners in the months to come. Read the details below, and follow along what’s happening at the Open Badges Summit on Twitter with #SRL14.
Introducing new partners who committed to align with the Open Badges standard and integrate badges into their work:
- Pearson: Pearson has launched Acclaim, an enterprise-class Open Badge platform built to support the world’s most prestigious credentialing organizations and post-secondary academic institutions.
- edX: edX pledges to work with its open-source community, Open edX, and Mozilla to implement a badges system for the approximately 2 million edX students to showcase their completion of edX classes.
- Educational Testing Service: ETS pledges to continue to provide effective and efficient tools to measure student learning outcomes and student success through assessments such as the ETS® Proficiency Profile and iSkillsTM assessment, using Open Badges to capture and showcase student learning outcomes assessments so that test takers have yet one more way to provide evidence of their skills to academia and beyond.
- Workforce.io: Workforce.io pledges to create an online platform that utilizes job skill badges & video content as a new common language for the entry level & middle skill jobs to connect the employer, job seeker and trainer with this new language and re-align today’s workforce.
- Council for Aid to Education and ProExam: Professional Examination Service pledges to partner with the Council for Aid to Education to issue Open Badges for the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) and College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+).
- Afterschool Alliance: The Afterschool Alliance pledges to work with Mozilla and five Statewide Afterschool Networks to offer open badges to youth and adult workforce in afterschool and summer programs.
As a Mozillian, I’m proud that each new product discussion begins by asking whether it creates value to our users. It is a part of who we are and is what makes us different. Our initiatives are always aimed at maximizing our mission of making the Web open and accessible. Revenue is an important, but secondary, consideration, because our continued sustainability helps us to stay relevant and innovative.
Last year, some extremely talented and creative Mozillians set out to determine where we could add value and diversify our revenue opportunities. Revenue diversification isn’t a requirement because our search partnerships are strong and provide value to our users, to our partners and to Mozilla. Diversification is a choice for us, but just as diversity is central to a healthy Web, revenue diversity is central to a healthy project.
Diversification in and of itself is not hard as there are many things that other companies and projects do to bring in revenue. However, because we are Mozilla, that isn’t how we approached the question. Instead, we evaluated each potential initiative against three criteria:
Does it put the user at the center and deliver value to them?
Is there alignment with our mission?
Does it generate revenue?
So – diversifying the “Mozilla Way” requires us to carefully consider user value first, and allows us to discard an initiative even if it has the potential of being lucrative if the initiative doesn’t satisfy the first two criteria. Any of our diversification initiatives must include rigorous attention to “getting it right for the user”, as user satisfaction is fundamental.
Our choice to consider and test the Directory Tiles project is an example of this analysis. The Directory Tiles project was created in response to the behavior of “frequently visited” tiles when Firefox is first installed – namely, new users see blank tiles on the “new tab” page because they haven’t built up their browser history. Our current vision of the project introduces content (including sponsored content) into the tiles on the “new tab” page. You can find out more here. In keeping with our criteria, as we develop the project we will ask ourselves whether the content resonates with our users and is valuable to them.
The process of seeking new ways to diversify has only further solidified my belief in our Manifesto – we will respect our users, stay on mission, and still generate revenue. Mitchell also provided context on how we approach this. Mozilla is about the world coming together to build a better Web. We work on these initiatives in the open, and welcome your feedback as they progress.
I’m starting with content but please rest assured I’ll get to the topic of ads and revenue.
In the early days of Firefox we were very careful not to offer content to our users. Firefox came out of a world in which both Netscape/AOL (the alma mater of many early Mozillians) and Microsoft had valued their content and revenue sources over the user experience. Those of us from Netscape/AOL had seen features, bookmarks, tabs, and other irritants added to the product to generate revenue. We’d seen Mozilla code subsequently “enhanced” with these features.
And so we have a very strong, very negative reaction to any activities that even remotely remind us of this approach to product. That’s good.
This reaction somehow became synonymous with other approaches that are not necessarily so helpful. For a number of years we refused to have any relationship with our users beyond we provide software and they use it. We resisted offering content unless it came directly from an explicit user action. This made sense at first when the web was so young. But over the years many people have come to expect and want their software to do things on their behalf, to take note of what one has done before and do something useful with it.
In the last few years we’ve begun to respond to this. We’re careful about it because the DNA is based on products serving users. Every time we offer something to our users we question ourselves rigorously about the motivations for that offer. Are we sure it’s the most value we can provide to our users? Are we sure, doubly-sure, we’re not fooling ourselves? Sometimes my commercial colleagues laugh at me for the amount of real estate we leave unmonitored or the revenue opportunities we decline.
So we look at the Tiles and wonder if we can do more for people. We think we can. I’ve heard some people say they still don’t want any content offered. They want their experience to be new, to be the same as it was the day they installed the browser, the same as anyone else might experience. I understand this view, and think it’s not the default most people are choosing. We think we can offer people useful content in the Tiles.
When we have ideas about how content might be useful to people, we look at whether there is a revenue possibility, and if that would annoy people or bring something potentially useful. Ads in search turn out to be useful. The gist of the Tiles idea is that we would include something like 9 Tiles on a page, and that 2 or 3 of them would be sponsored — aka “ads.” So to explicitly address the question of whether sponsored tiles (aka “ads”) could be included as part of a content offering, the answer is yes.
These sponsored results/ ads would not have tracking features.
Why would we include any sponsored results? If the Tiles are useful to people then we’ll generate value. That generates revenue that supports the Mozilla project. So to explicitly address the question of whether we care about generating revenue and sustaining Mozilla’s work, the answer is yes. In fact, many of us feel responsible to do exactly this.
Pretty much anytime we talk about revenue at Mozilla people get suspicious. Mozillians get suspicious, and our supporters get suspicious. There’s some value in that, as it reinforces our commitment to user experience and providing value to our users. There’s some drawbacks to this as well, however. I’ll be talking with Mozillians tomorrow and in the coming days on these topics in more detail.
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Mozilla is a trusted organization, founded on a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. We move the Web forward as a platform for developers and the industry by building technology in the open to evolve and promote standards that benefit everyone. We are dedicated to delivering fun, powerful, rich, innovative products that people love and that not only put the user first, but embody the values of our mission.
When we started building Firefox OS we knew we’d learn a lot about how the Web would need to evolve to become an even better mobile platform. We also knew our products, and our organization, would need to grow to take on new challenges and opportunities as we launched the first wave of Firefox OS devices into the market.
Last year, we created a new team at Mozilla to explore one specific area of the Web that’s grown with the explosion of mobile devices — the cloud (sometimes called Internet services). As a pioneer of the Web (and the cloud that it enables) for more than 15 years, Mozilla has always been at the forefront of cloud services – from optimizing how to download and update software like the Firefox browser and our integrated add-ons platform, to more recently integrating Firefox Sync, social features, WebRTC and more.
While we’ve worked to offer services that deliver value and put users and developers in control of their Web experiences, we’ve never had a simple way for you to sign up and sign in to access these integrated services across our products.
Today, we’re introducing Firefox Accounts as a safe and easy way for you to create an account that enables you to sign in and take your Firefox with you anywhere. With Firefox Accounts, we can better integrate services into your Web experience, like the new Firefox Sync.
Firefox Sync enables you to take your browsing data like passwords, bookmarks, history, and open tabs across devices, just as it always has. But now we’ve made it even easier to setup the service and add multiple devices, while still delivering the same browser-based encryption.
If you have Firefox Aurora, you can test the experimental new Firefox Accounts and Firefox Sync. We are working on the best Firefox Sync experience and we’re eager to hear feedback and get the service ready for the world to enjoy.
We are excited to explore what new services and features we can build for you to experience in Firefox. We’ll share more on Firefox Accounts and other services like Firefox Sync soon.
Mark Mayo and Cloud Services Team
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Exploring the potential of advanced networks
Today we’re proud to announce the launch of the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund—a project in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Ignite, that will support local innovators in Chattanooga and Kansas City as they build real-life open source applications for gigabit networks.
The Fund will help transform these cities into “living laboratories” for experimentation and development of public benefit uses for gigabit technologies. Mozilla will establish Hive Learning Communities in Chattanooga and Kansas City, similar to its Hive Learning Networks in NYC, Chicago, Toronto and Pittsburgh, where organizations collaborate around shared goals in digital learning and making, and economic opportunities.
The Gigabit Community Fund follows the Mozilla Ignite Apps Challenge program, which supported 22 teams working on gigabit app prototypes across the country. The new $300,000 fund aims to bring discoveries out of the lab and into the field to help move prototypes to Minimum Viable Pilots and get tools in the hands of users. In each city, two, 12-week pilot periods will run, with up to 10 projects receiving awards between $5,000 and $30,000.
“Gigabit networks have the potential to change how we live, work, learn and interact on the web, much like the the switch from dial-up to broadband did,” says Mark Surman, Executive Director of Mozilla. “The educators, developers, students and other inventive thinkers in these leading gigabit economies have a unique opportunity to help shape the web of the future, in ways that can help us all know more, do more and do better.”
The Fund will support applications that are rooted in the local community, and that are pragmatic, deployable in the near term, have measurable impact, and are re-usable and shareable with others.
The official announcements are being made at kick-off events in both cities: today in Chattanooga and on Feb. 13 in Kansas City. At each event, representatives from Mozilla, NSF and the Department of Education will be joined by city mayors and other local organizations to learn about the program and begin to formulate potential collaborations and projects.
How to get involved:
- Read the NSF press release
- Learn more or apply (if you’re based in Chattanooga or Kansas City)
- Sign up for our community email list
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Firefox is built for how you use the Web and we’ve been working on ways to expand our social integration in Firefox to quickly and easily connect you with your friends and family. Last year, we launched with Facebook as the first Firefox social integration partner and soon after we added Cliqz, and Mixi. Today, we are happy to offer more social integration options for you to choose from in Firefox.
New providers you can integrate with Firefox include:
With Delicious for Firefox, you can quickly share links to your Delicious network from wherever you are on the Web. Delicious saves and organizes all your favorite content while you surf the Web – and now you can easily find that content in the Firefox sidebar. To activate Delicious for Firefox, visit the tools section of your Delicious account, found here.
Saavn, a popular music player in India, is now available to integrate into Firefox. Saavn for Firefox gives you easy access to your favorite Bollywood and other favorite Indian music while browsing the Web. With the Saavn sidebar in Firefox, you can see a music feed of top songs regionally, newest album releases, popular playlists and the most popular radio stations. Saavn users can activate Saavn for Firefox by clicking here.
We are excited about new social and service integration with Firefox to make your entire Web experience as seamless as possible. We look forward to introducing more exciting services into your Firefox experience.
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