Mozilla today announced its plans for a Firefox branded mobile operating system schedule to launch in early 2013. The OS will be based entirely on HTML5 and be completely open (based on Web standards).

Mozilla announced on its blog that they have already secured manufacturing partners including TCL Communications (Alcatel) and ZTE, that will bring Firfox OS devices to market using Snapdragon™ processors from Qualcomm. The first devices using the new Firefox OS are slated to launch commercially in Brazil through Telefonica’s brand, Vivo.

The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers.  As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.