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MWC 2013 Post-Mortem

MWC 2013 Post-Mortem

Mobile World Congress 2013 scrambles to a close, a week of new phones and tablets, a shiny new venue, and more questions as to whether the days of the big trade show are numbered. It's been a show where the divisions between the mobile upstarts and the current key players have been sharply defined, with ZTE, Huawei, and Nokia all pushing to corner the market, while Samsung and HTC were notable by their relative absence of announcements, favoring their own, standalone events. Nevertheless, there's plenty to wrap up, and seldom has a headline been so accurate in so many ways.

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Sony releases experimental Firefox OS to advanced developers

Sony releases experimental Firefox OS to advanced developers

Sony has announced the availability of an experimental version of Firefox OS for the Xperia E. Aimed at providing advanced developers with the operating system so that they can get a feel for it and offer feedback, the release is accompanied by a lengthy starter guide on installing to an Xperia E, as well as a quick history on the OS. You can check out a video of it in action after the jump.

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Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS devices will launch on 18 operators all across the globe and they will be the World's first "Open Web Devices". The first markets that will launch the devices include: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Sebria, Spain, and Venezuela, with more market places coming shortly after that. Mozilla is working with handset makers Alcatel, Huawei, LG, and ZTE to develop their Firefox OS smartphones, and all of the smartphones will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors.

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Firefox brings WebRTC capabilities to your mobile device

Firefox brings WebRTC capabilities to your mobile device

Mozilla plans on bringing Web Real-Time Communications not only to its Firefox browser on desktop PCs, but to mobile devices as well. Mozilla says that WebRTC features will be able to sync with your existing phone number, and you won’t have to download any additional plugins to use it. The WebRTC capabilities will be able to perform many functions, including voice/video calls and SMS/MMS messaging.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 22, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 22, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Perhaps the biggest story from the afternoon, Samsung's reported mobile roadmap for 2013 leaked out with the rumored Galaxy Note 8 leading the charge. We heard that the highly anticipated Galaxy S IV might be getting an announcement on March 22, while Microsoft finally announced Surface Pro's release date, setting it for February 9, 2013. The iPhone might have its best-selling quarter yet in Q1, while Google revealed its earnings for Q4 2012 (spoiler alert: it made a lot of money).

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Mozilla working on Firefox for OUYA

Mozilla working on Firefox for OUYA

The OUYA gaming console has attracted the attention of both gamers and game developers, but it's also attracting the attention of the folks over at Mozilla. The developers behind the Firefox web browser are making a version specifically for the OUYA gaming console, allowing open-source gamers to browse the web using one of the world's most popular web browsers.

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Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Firefox OS Keon and Peak developer phones revealed for eager coders

Mozilla has revealed its first devices for Firefox OS developers wanting to code for the new platform, with the so-called "Geeksphone" Keon and Peak handsets aiming for both the affordable and mid-tier of the smartphone market. Keon, the first Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone has surprisingly humble specifications for a modern device - a 1GHz Snapdragon S1, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, and a 3-megapixel camera, for instance - but fits in perfectly with Mozilla's ambitions to dominate the entry-level market; meanwhile, its Peak sibling ramps up the specifications to a Snapdragon S4 dualcore.

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Firefox 18 offers Retina support for Macs, speeds things up with IonMonkey

Firefox 18 offers Retina support for Macs, speeds things up with IonMonkey

Earlier today, Mozilla released Firefox 18, which brings with it a host of new features and improvements, including Retina display for Mac support. Thanks to the IonMonkey JavaScript compiler, Web games and apps are up to 25-percent faster, while Android Firefox users now get search suggestions while typing. You can download the latest release from the Firefox website.

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