Mozilla and Major Global Partners Launch Mobile Open Web Device Compliance Review Board

  Mozilla and Major Global Partners Launch Mobile Open Web Device Compliance
  Review Board

 New Independent Organization will Encourage API Compatibility and Optimized
                          Performance for End Users

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- December 12, 2013

Today Deutsche Telekom, LG, Mozilla, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., TCL/ALCATEL
ONETOUCH, Telefónica and ZTE joined other leading global mobile companies to
announce the creation of the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB).
The CRB is an independently operated organization designed to promote the
success of the open Web device ecosystem by encouraging API compliance as well
as ensuring competitive performance. The intent is to provide a full open Web
experience to both users and developers. The CRB will also be the foundation
for Mozilla’s Firefox OS branding requirements.

The CRB will support device manufacturers and technology partners to
standardize performance, ultimately creating a superior experience in the
following ways:

  *Ensure API compliance and make the experience of open Web devices
    consistent for consumers
  *Enable device OEMs and carriers to improve time to market
  *Minimize OEM costs required for compatibility testing

“Users want a wide selection of devices and great apps. Operators, device OEMs
and vendors want to be able to develop and test quickly and independently, in
order to get new products to market. The CRB will enable partners to do so
efficiently, reliably and confidently,” said Andreas Gal, vice president of
mobile at Mozilla and president of the CRB. “This is the next step in building
the ecosystem and will make it easier for partners to get a wide selection of
high-quality solutions into consumers’ hands quickly and efficiently.”

The members of the CRB consist of a mix of partners covering geographically
diverse markets, all with an interest in the success of an open mobile system.
Participants in the CRB at launch are Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, LG, Mozilla,
Qualcomm Technologies, Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Spreadtrum,
TCL/ALCATEL ONETOUCH, Telefónica, Telenor and ZTE.

“As an initial founding member of the CRB, Qualcomm Technologies believes that
CRB will set a clear path for any organization to commercialize open Web
devices with improved development time while ensuring a compelling user
experience & compliance to the standard web APIs,” said Jason Bremner, senior
vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies. “This is an
ambitious collaboration to further the goals of open technology and bring its
benefits to more users.”

“Deutsche Telekom values openness and choice for customers,” said Christoph
Schmitz, head of software and integration management, Deutsche Telekom
Terminals. “That’s why we were happy to be among the first global launch
partners for Firefox OS. Now there is an opportunity for other mobile
innovators to take advantage of the rewards of open technology. The CRB is
well positioned to accelerate this opportunity.”

"We joined the CRB to support this important and valuable effort to improve
API reliability and performance,” said Dr. Xiaomao Xiao, VP of software
engineering at Spreadtrum. “As one of the leaders in low-cost turn-key
solutions for mobile communication devices, Spreadtrum is pleased to work with
Mozilla and ecosystem partners to help further its mission.”

"This has been a landmark year for the adoption of open Web smartphones,
"said Yotam Ben-Ami, director of open Web devices of Telefónica. "The CRB
will help us and new partners scale our rollouts across new devices and

CRB certification testing will be conducted by external labs authorized by the
CRB, with each test expected to be completed within approximately three days
of submission.

For more information about the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board,
including more detail on the steps involved for receiving certification,
please visit

About the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board

The Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB) is an independently operated
organization designed to promote the success of the open Web device ecosystem.
It is a partnership between operators, device OEMs, silicon vendors and test
solution providers to define and evolve a process to encourage API
compatibility and competitive performance for devices. Standards are based on
Mozilla’s principles of user privacy and control.


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