Mozilla CEO: Android, iOS leave lots of room for Firefox OS

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs speaking about Firefox OS at Mobile World Congress 2013

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BARCELONA, Spain–With another 2 billion people hooking up to the Internet in the next five years, there’s plenty of room for another mobile operating system, Mozilla Chief Executive Gary Kovacs said today in a sales pitch for his new Firefox OSFirefox OS.

Apple and Google have led the way in the smartphone market but can’t cover the whole thing, he said in a speech to thousands at the Mobile World Congress show here, though he didn’t mention the companies by name.

“I find it impossible to understand how 3, 4, 5, or 6 billion people are going to get their diverse needs satisfied by one or two or five companies, no matter how delicious those companies are,” Kovacs said. “Is the farmer in the Indian countryside going to have the same needs and requirements as a lawyer sitting in New York?”

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