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When a new smartphone hits the scene, you’re usually stuck with just one choice when it comes to the platform. But Alcatel, looking to find a bit of a niche, has announced a new handset capable of running Android, Windows Phone or Mozilla’s Firefox OS.

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It wouldn’t be too harsh to say that Mozilla’s entry into the world of the smartphone hasn’t been the kind of huge success that its fans may have hoped. Firefox OS is, at this point, barely relevant to a market that is dominated by Android and iOS. If Microsoft can only hope to make up the numbers, how can anyone expect Firefox OS to compete?

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Mozilla, the company best known for its work on the extremely popular Firefox Web browser, has used this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to showcase an affordable, entry-level smartphone. The company has taken the opportunity to show off a functioning prototype of the $25 smartphone that will be targeted at emerging markets and the developing world. We’ve known for quite some time that Mozilla were on a mission to create a truly affordable smartphone that would benefit individuals in rising markets, but this early-stage prototype running Firefox OS is the first example of the progress made so far.

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The first beta of Firefox for Windows 8 Touch has just been made public, and if you happen to be an owner of the Microsoft Surface, Lenovo IdeaPad Touch, or any other such device, you will definitely want to be testing this one out. As ever, much attention to detail has been paid by Mozilla, creator of the famed Firefox browser, and even though it’s just a beta and thus, will be expected to harbor some imperfections, it certainly does take full advantage of Windows 8’s unique functionality. Full details, as well as information on how to download the beta for your device, can be seen after the fold.

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Firefox is widely recognized as one of the best browsers in the game. Despite the incredible rise of Google’s Chrome over the past few years, the Mozilla team has continued to push the updates to ensure that Firefox enjoys a decent market share. More recently, we’ve seen the Firefox creator attempt to branch out with the development of its very own mobile operating system, and while that particular project remains in the works, Mozilla has now gone ahead and built a home launcher for Android.

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In its efforts to remain relevant in light of Google Chrome’s emergence over the past couple of years, Mozilla has continued to pump out the updates to its famed Firefox browser. Today brings another fleet of new features and improvements to the major desktop platforms as well as Android, capped off with an ever-so-slight alteration to the logo. Details after the break.

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As planned, Mozilla has just dropped Firefox 21 for Windows, OS X, Linux and Android. Full details, as well as where to download Firefox from, can be found right after the break.

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Mozilla’s Firefox OS looks, on the face of it, to be a clean, smooth, simple experience, and although no vendors have actually signed up as of yet to ship the touch-based operating system on their mobile devices, two developer handsets were available to purchase from Geeksphone, and were sold out within hours of availability. Starting at just $119, the devices that were on offer present an enticing prospect to anybody interested in the company’s open-source mobile ecosystem, and although the Firefox OS is looking to do battle in an ever-crowded market, the legions of Firefox fanatics behind the project give it a very strong chance of forging a substantial user base.

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Firefox has been one browser that has improved a lot over time, and while Internet Explorer continues to receive the negative feedback from users across the globe, Mozilla’s offering has actually grown into a worthy contender against almost any internet browser, most notably Google Chrome. Mozilla’s focus towards bringing the best of the best to its users continues, and with the release of Firefox 20, they’ve brought some much needed (and appreciated) enhancements to their already popular browser. The new Firefox 20 has not only been released for desktop systems – including Windows, OS X and Linux – but also for Android, albeit with a slightly different change log. Let’s take a look at what’s new and improved just past the fold.

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Firefox OS, Mozilla’s attempt to make a dent into the crowded smartphone market, has reached another milestone today with the release of Firefox OS Simulator 3.0, the new developer tool that allows developers and smartphone enthusiasts alike to give the smartphone operating system a try, straight from their computers.

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Mozilla’s attempt at a mobile OS has been a long time in the works. The open source smartphone and tablet operating system first began back in 2011, since which the Mozilla team has regularly kept us posted with various updates and info. An appearance at CES on an unspecified smartphones, followed by the release of a couple of developer handsets late last month has certainly heightened general interest, and those keen to get started with Firefox OS may only have a short wait left. According to a press release, the European market will see the first smartphone running Mozilla’s new OS via the Alcatel One Touch, which will first arrive in Poland venturing west across mainland Europe.

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Mozilla has just released Firefox 19 for users of the Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, and among a plethora of new features comes an in-built PDF viewer. Since increasing its release schedule, Mozilla has stuck almost religiously to its six-week cycles, and although it’s rare – in software terms – to see a whole number update pertaining to only a few minor changes, it helps Mozilla keep up with Google’s rampant Chrome browser.

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