Mozilla Unveils Firefox OS Developer Phones
Both Available in Early February
As had been expected
, Firefox today unveiled a collaboration with Geeksphone on the development of two developer phones running the new Firefox OS. The company had previously stated they were working on developing lower-cost smartphones that can help bring the Internet to more people -- with a strong focus on developing countries. According to the company's website
, the "Peak" version of the phone will be slightly more powerful than the "Keon" version of the phone, but both pale to the latest cutting edge devices. Both are expected to be available sometime during early February. The Firefox OS FAQ can be found here
Follow the leader So, Mozilla is going with a 'me too' approach.
Well, Firefox makes for a great browser on a normal PC, but as its own OS - no thanks.
They don't necessarily have web-apps; they have extensions, but these aren't the same thing. If they do make a web-apps platform, what is to stop it from becoming a glorified bookmark shop (as with most items on the Chrome Web Store)?
Again, web-apps have already been done, and I think 'follow the leader' approaches will not help anyone - sure, those who like Mozilla Firefox as a browser more than me will jump at this, if they don't like the idea of Google getting all their data, but why should Mozilla be any different in this regard?
In fact, I believe we'll see a shift in Mozilla Foundation towards more data collection if or when this 'Firefox OS' takes off - and then we'll really have Chrome OS 2.0.
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Re: Follow the leader
said by RobinK:does pale moon provide any privacy enhancements?
Doesn't matter if mozilla starts collecting user data (they already are and it will increase more in the future). Derivative projects will take after it and change that. Like how we have Comodo Dragon and Pale Moon.
Because, you know, competition gives users more options.
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Re: what's the point? Looks just like an Android phone's UI.
Are we going to have patent lawsuits, or did Mozilla pay a patent fee to Google?
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Re: UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA) Yeah I second that... don't quite understand the reasoning behind not only leaving out 1700 MHz AWS, but 850 MHz PCS from the 3G chipset support... that effectively leaves out the entire North American developer market, which is one of the most important ones out there... I suppose a developer will likely just tether the device to an existing hotspot/phone with 3G, but still, considering pentaband 3.5G modules are included in almost every recent Nokia handset, it really doesn't make sense to leave out this sort of feature when 3G is a fairly mature and standardized technology worldwide, and the incremental cost of adding support for those two extra bands isn't all that high compared to the marginal benefit.
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