Mozilla today announced the first two Smartphones based on its operating system. These handsets run on the Firefox OS and are named as the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire respectively. After several months in development, this announcement has finally been made officially released out to the public. These models are running the open-source HTML5 operating system and Telefonica-owned Spanish mobile phone operator Movistar has promised on the delivery of these Smartphones on Tuesday.
Alcatel One Touch Fire:
The 3.5-inch ZTE Open smartphone costs €69/$90, which include 30 Euros in credits for the pre-paid customers. The ZTE Open sports a 3.5-inch touch screen and constitutes 256MB of RAM, and a 3.2-megpixel camera. Also, a 4GB micro SD card is also included. Alcatel One Touch Fire replicates nearly identical specs as the ZTE Open, but is powered by a Qualcomm processor.
Smartphones running Firefox OS will also be available in South American countries; probably it will be arriving later this year. However, there is no concrete information as to whether these devices devices will go on sale in the U.S., although Eich, Mozilla’s chief technology officer said he expects that to happen eventually.
Looking at the broad picture, it is clearly visible that for the carriers, Firefox OS is very important. This can be deduced from the fact that Mozilla’s nascent open web HTML 5 mobile platform has been acquiring considerable carrier support already. Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iPhone have been the dominant forces that have generally held the top positions in the mobile world, and Mozilla working with carriers has its fair share of benefits and pitfalls. The advantage is that carriers possess the opportunity to sell phones in abundance; however it can also prove detrimental in the long run due to tinkering of the software and ecosystems.
It is a thought provoking question as to how the newest entrant i.e., the Firefox OS performs on low end hardware. Because it is uncertain and a doubtful aspect regarding HTML5′s ability to perform on mobile especially during the instances of lower powered hardware. Comparing with the competitors and the other rivals, Firefox OS will need to draw attention by introducing slick phones that are enough to compete with similarly budget Androids with the hardware along the same lines as theirs.
Traditionally the Firefox OS relies heavily on Web-based apps and it is assumed that introducing this platform will make it easier for developers to build apps which are functional across multiple platforms. However, there are certain security questions that raise questionable queries on how Mozilla will keep malware off these devices.
It offers an app marketplace where in the user is allowed to download new apps, and it also provides encouraging signs for developers to make apps which can be downloaded later either from the Web or can be run via a website. The app availability and performance will be of significant importance. And Firefox OS will need to produce the good if it wants to mark a presence in the game only because of the fact that Android has already covered these bases at a budget price-point.
Can the Firefox OS bring in a change from the traditional aspect and succeed in delivering on the theory? Does it have a chance to become the open alternative to Apple and Android?
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