Items tagged with Firefox-OS

Firefox OS was a relatively large part of Mobile World Congress 2013, but it's making even bigger news at this year's gala in Barcelona. Firefox OS will soon be planted on seven new commercial devices, enabling it to hopefully scale up in 2014. But, of course, pricing will be the factor that makes or breaks things. At $25, however, wouldn't you consider changing platforms? Firefox OS will expand from 15 markets into the following: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama.  Deutsche Telekom will also add four new markets: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia... Read more...
Geeksphone has been teasing (or “prophesying”, if you buy into the messianic imagery the company is using) its “Revolution” smartphone that offers Firefox OS and Android dual-boot capabilities, and now we have a ship date and a price tag. The device lands in Spain on February 20th ahead of MWC 2014 and will cost 289 euros (or about $395 USD). There’s no word on if or when the Revolution will arrive in the U.S. The 4.7-inch smartphone features a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 (up to 1.6GHz) processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. There are 8PM rear- and 1.3MP... Read more...
Geeksphone has been working with Mozilla on Firefox OS handsets since the operating system’s developer preview was in the works, and the company’s Peak and Keon smartphones offer solid specs and features for lower-end devices. Both run on Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, have large-enough displays, and have reasonable cameras and storage. Also, the phones are orange and white, evoking Firefox, and that’s just plain cool. But Geeksphone has another smartphone in the works called Revolution. The name is perhaps a bit of an overstatement, and the picture of a pregnant woman as the Revolution... Read more...
Is there anything a smartphone can’t do these days? Apparently, they now double as spectrometers, at least when you add a special kit that’s been developed by collaborators at Public Labs. The Public Lab Smartphone Spectrometer is a small injection-molded plastic device that you can adhere to a smartphone so you can take measurements in the field and scan liquids, gases, or lights. The device will work with most Android and iOS devices, and in the “hero” shot of the Smartphone Spectrometer, it’s actually mounted on a Firefox OS handset. The spectrometer’s software... Read more...
After launching earlier this summer in Spain, Venezuela, and Colombia, the ZTE Open running the Firefox OS will be available in the U.S. and UK, as well. Starting “soon”, you’ll be able to snag an orange handset for $80 on eBay. “It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay,” said Mr. Dai Wenhong, VP of ZTE Corporation. “ZTE is devoted to providing more options for customers globally and enabling them to live better lives via advanced technology.” This product is a refreshing entrant into the mobile market, because it... Read more...
We’ve been waiting to see a Firefox OS phone in the wild, and tomorrow that will become a reality with the launch of the ZTE Open in Spain. Service provider Telefónica says that this is the first commercial launch of a Firefox OS device; it will be available at Movistar stores for 69 euros, which includes 30 euros’ worth of prepaid talk time and a 4GB microSD card. “We believe that smartphones need to be more open and that the web is the platform for making this possible,” said Telefónica España CEO Luis Miguel Gilpérez. Consumers should not be... Read more...
Remember Tizen? It’s the open source mobile operating system that Samsung and Intel partnered on back in 2011 (and may be actually running on handsets this year); formerly, it was MeeGo (which was famously scrapped the same day it debuted on Nokia’s N9 handset), and before that it was called Moblin. Many have either forgotten all about Tizen or assumed it had evaporated into the ether, but according to Network World, the OS is very much alive and well--although it has a long way to go in a tough market. Competition: Firefox Os What Tizen really has going for it is that its primary backers... Read more...
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Mozilla has made several announcements pertaining to Firefox OS, not the least of which is the list of manufacturing partners that will be producing handsets running the mobile operating system. The list includes Alcatel, LG, ZTE, and Huawei, all of which will be making Firefox OS devices this year. The handsets will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, and although there are no additional hardware details, the phones are expected to be middle to lower end devices, especially if the two developer preview phones from Geeksphone are any indication. Developer preview phones... Read more...