Twitter has announced that Twitter for Firefox OS will be available in the Firefox Marketplace when devices powered by Mozilla’s new operating system start to ship.
According to the company, Twitter for Firefox OS will be similar to its other mobile apps, with the same Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, as well as search and compose Tweet icons. One feature that is unique to the Firefox OS Twitter app is Web Activities, which will let users tweet photos directly out of any app that also supports Web activity, including Firefox OS’ built-in photos app.
Mozilla said yesterday that 18 carriers have committed to its new, HTML5-friendly mobile OS, and the launch of the Firefox Marketplace app store. Many Firefox-powered handsets are being targeted at emerging markets with lower overall smartphone penetration. Twitter’s Firefox OS apps will join a line-up of other Mozilla partners in Firefox Marketplace, including Facebook, Nokia’s HERE, SoundCloud, Cut The Rope, Disney Mobile Games, and EA Games.
While signing key partners will help Firefox OS gain users, it still has a long way to go before making a dent in the worldwide smartphone market, which is currently dominated by Android and iPhone. Android already has a stronghold on the low-cost smartphone market, and Firefox OS is expected to power just 1% of all global smartphone shipments in 2013.