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You’ve probably heard about Firefox OS, Mozilla’s major effort to create a free mobile phone ecosystem using HTML5 as the one platform you need to develop rich mobile apps. You can expect Firefox OS phones in stores in South America later this year.
We could have done what every other company does: simply build Firefox OS accounts optimized for our operating system, focused purely on Mozilla. But that’s not how we do things. Our mission is to give users sovereignty over their Internet experience, to help and defend the Open Web. So we built Persona, an Identity System for the Web, and we’re iterating it to make sure it provides tremendous user and developer value while preserving real user choice. Then, we built Persona into the Firefox OS phone.
We’ve done a good bit of work to make Persona faster on slower data connections. We optimized our font delivery. We optimized our crypto library. Overall, Persona is now twice as fast now as it was a few months ago. And we’ve got more tricks up our sleeve to continue to make Persona fast.
We started by innovating on mobile, with native Persona on Firefox OS. The mobile constraints helped us focus our native implementation and make the right engineering compromises. Now, we’re taking those lessons and bringing them to Firefox on Android and Desktop. Native Persona support on all versions of Firefox is coming.