This week at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Gary Kovacs, the CEO of Mozilla made a bold announcement about how its Firefox operating system will be pushing further into the mobile fray with new phone makers picking it up.
He had the following to say about where he sees mobile heading (via Tiernan Ray at Barron’s Tech Trader):
Mozilla’s Kovacs made a vigorous attempt to paint the Apple and Google duopoly as being the obstacle to the future of the mobile industry, without so much as naming either company.
“Are some people sitting in a couple of buildings going to decide the content for four billion people?” he asked.
“It took twenty-years for the first two billion people to connect to the Internet. If we think that’s fast, the next two billion are going to connect in only five years. And the next two billion, the services they expect, are impossible for me or a couple of people in Slicon Valley to conceive of. Is a farmer in the Indian countryside going to have the same need as a lawyer in New York? I find it impossible to conceive of how five or six billion are going to get what they need from one or two companies, no matter how delicious they are.”
Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, was also on the panel – head over below for his thoughts as well.