Mozilla, an internet browser provider, has released details of its plans to launch new smartphones to be powered by its Firefox Operating System.
It said two mobile phones would be introduced by a fast-growing Spanish firm called Geeksphone and would be targeted at developers before the system would be formally launched.
The system would be based on the HTML5 web programming language and would be sold as offering software writers more “freedom” than alternatives”.
However, it may face stiff competition from other systems that will soon be released into the mobile market, it said.
It has reported that Blackberry 10, Ubuntu, Tizen and Sailfish would be released before 2013 runs to a close, to compete in a market that had already been taken over by Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry 7 and Symbian amongst others.
Some analysts believed that the global market would be too small for the entire smartphones to survive, but analysts in Nigeria sees the development as a welcome one, considering the high penetration rate of Blackberry in the market.