Mozilla details "aggressive" Firefox OS release strategy

Mozilla's Firefox OS will update quarterly and see security updates every six weeks as part of the "most aggressive mobile OS release strategy out there," according to the company's release manager, Alex Keybl.

The updates will be available on all carriers and networks running Firefox OS, Keybl said, explaining that the sheer number of partners has led to a delay in kick starting the development of updates for the operating system up until now.

"Now that we have our v1.0 behind us and we're moving forward with even more partners, we're going to do our best to bring Firefox OS back into our heartbeat and will make quarterly feature releases available to partners along with six-weekly security updates," he said, writing in a blog post.

Heartbeat is what Mozilla is calling the synchronised release of updates for all its browsers available across a variety of platforms, allowing the company to retain standardised functionality and security.

"This heartbeat enables us to push a unified vision across the entire web, keep our users regularly delighted with new (many times cross-platform) functionality, and prevent any one product from lagging behind in security updates," Keybl explained.

"This sort of alignment across multiple browser products, and now an OS, is unprecedented at the pace we're moving. Keep it up, Mozillians," he added.

The first Firefox OS based smartphone, the ZTE Open, was released at the beginning of July through Telefonica in Spain. Later in the month, Deutsche Telekom announced the release of the Firefox OS-powered Alcatel One Touch Fire in Poland.