Firefox OS adds lots of new features with 1.1 release

The first smartphones with Mozilla's Firefox OS started going on sale earlier this year and today Mozilla announced it is rolling out the first major update for its HTML5-based mobile operating system, adding many new features and lots of improvements.

Mozilla went over just some of what it claims are "hundreds of new improvements" in the new Firefox OS 1.1 release in a blog post. One is a change to its adaptive app search feature, which places the search box front and center on the home screen for the first time. Version 1.1 also adds features that can be found in other smartphone operating systems, such as MMS support, auto correction for typing on the keyboard, saving email drafts offline and many more.

In a separate blog post, Mozilla said that more devices with Firefox OS installed will go on sale in other countries later in 2013, including Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro. Yotam Ben-Ami, the Director of Open Web Devices at Telefónica, is quoted in the blog that sales of Firefox OS smartphones in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela "have surpassed our expectations". He added that Firefox OS devices will go on sale in Brazil and other Latin American markets later this year.

Source: Mozilla | Image via Mozilla

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