Before going into the topic, lets take a brief look at what Mozilla announced earlier today at MWC2013. Mozilla announced the Firefox OS. The Firefox OS is developed based on HTML5, which is also the first phone completely established using Open Web Standard. In gist, it is a Internet browser with telephone function. They have this Firefox OS targeted at the middle range consumer market, who might want to get their smartphone with all the basic features at a lower price compared to iOS and some high-end models of Android.
At the moment Mozilla has partnered with Alcatel (TCL), LG, Huawei and ZTE to work on their first batch of smartphones with the Firefox OS. All these devices will come with Qualcomm snapdragon processors. In the MWC2013, they showed us the two smartphones now running on Firefox OS: ZTE Open, Alcatel One Touch Fire. The economic model is called Keon Model ( 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3.5 m-inch HVGA display, 3 mega pixel camera, 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM and 1580mAh battery). And a model for higher-end customers – the Peek Model (1.2 GHz Qualcomm snapdragon duo core processor, 4.4 qHD display, 8 megapixel camera, 2 mega pixel front camera, 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM and 1800 mAh battery. Mozilla will partner with China Unicom in mainland china and 3HK in Hong Kong. The smartphones with Firefox OS will also become available in Brazil, Columbia, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Venezuela… Etc.
The App Store for Firefox OS is called the Firefox marketplace. Although Firefox is a browser, users don’t have to worry because these apps can run offline. The Firefox marketplace supplies a trial service for the apps, customers can try before paying. At this moment, common apps like Facebook, twitter, EA games, box, Nokia Here, Pulse News, SoundCloud are included in the Firefox market place. The Firefox marketplace will work with local carriers to charge their users on purchases on the Firefox marketplace.
Comments: it is really difficult to consider Firefox OS as a killer of Android and iOS.
Alright, let talk about the Firefox OS itself. It sounds cool to have a browser phone. But it’s missing something! We know that it is all about apps that support the Firefox OS, most of the great games and apps have already predominantly appeared on Google Android and Apple iOS. Although it might have no problems in compatibility with existing web contents that are built with HTML 5, the screen size and controls for specific contents like maps will be a big problem. We haven’t seen google maps and voice recorder, Skype. It’s compatibility becomes a great issue. Will google or Microsoft work with Firefox despite the limited number of users?
People say that carriers will love Firefox who may help them make money. Indeed, Firefox OS works with carriers to charge purchases on the Firefox marketplace. Yes, commissions can be claimed by the carriers by each purchase made. But the point is, how many popular apps on the market will be paid? Paid apps and free apps are different things. I suppose Facebook and twitter won’t charge you a dollar for their app on the Firefox, if so, how carries make money of it? How many serious smartphone gamers will play their games on a smaller screen and below standard processor and graphic processors? Therefore, the say that carriers will help Firefox because they get paid for it isn’t realistic. Please be reminded that Carriers sell phones and plans, they don’t need to rely on apps to make money.
The hardware and technical specification of the Firefox phones are uninteresting. Backtracking is not what people expect smartphone technologies to be nowadays. People are fascinated about amazing and improving hardware of the phones, they kind of already accepted android and iOS to be the two major platforms and blackberry for business. Are there any space left for Firefox? If they want to cut a way through, they need to seriously think about a high performance phone that is affordable, not an affordable cheaper phone right now.
In a nutshell, it is too premature to say that Firefox is comparable with iOS and android. It takes longer, here I mean a very long one, time to develop and catch up with the monopoly. Anyway, good work Firefox, we expect more will come next year.
Image Source: the verge
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