“The first Web-based Firefox mobile OS smartphones will be released soon in Spain and Poland, with more coming soon to other regions of the world, Mozilla announced Monday,” Matt Hamblen reports for Computerworld. “ZTE will begin selling the ZTE Open smartphone on Tuesday for the Spanish market through wireless carrier Telefonica, the companies announced in a statement, putting the equivalent price at about $90 with an agreement.”

“Chris Lee, director of the Firefox OS at Mozilla, said in a video that the One Touch and the Open are the world’s first HTML 5 smartphones,” Hamblen reports. “He demonstrated the use of the Firefox OS, and the use of the camera, as well as Facebook and the Here maps application. The video also describes a Firefox Marketplace, with a variety of apps for games, music, news and productivity”

Hamblen reports, “Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC, questioned how well a completely new OS will catch on in the U.S. with consumers. ‘It’s one thing to sell Android and an entirely different thing to sell a Firefox OS phone,’ Llamas said… ‘I can’t see Mozilla gaining any real traction [with Firefox OS] in North America, and minimal traction in other areas of the world,’ said Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Looks very familiar:

The ZTE Open phone with Firefox  OS (left) vs. Apple iPhone 3GS with iOS (right)

The ZTE Open phone with Firefox OS (left) vs. Apple iPhone 3GS with iOS (right)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mks1” for the heads up.]