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.
Created in 2006, Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with 400 million monthly visitors to twitter.com, more than 200 million monthly active users around the world. We see a billion tweets every 2.5 days on every conceivable topic. World leaders, major athletes, star performers, news organizations and entertainment outlets are among the millions of active Twitter accounts through which users can truly get the pulse of the planet.
Born from Netscape’s 1998 open sourcing of the code base behind its Netscape Communicator internet suite, Mozilla Firefox currently holds approximately 22.48% of the world market for internet browsers as of April 2009. Version 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004 after a series of name changes, and within a year close to 100 million downloads of the browser technology had occurred. The following two years saw upgrades to version 1.5 in November 2005 and 2.0 in October 2006....