Back in December we told you a rumour that Firefox was killing off making smartphones that ran Firefox OS, but now Mozilla has confirmed it.
We’ve all heard that Mozilla is done supporting Firefox OS as a smartphone platform, as short-lived as that dream was, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see some of Firefox OS’s early partners jumping ship to other options. Telefonica, one of the first to try and turn Firefox OS into a viable mobile operating system, is also one of the first to drop the platform in favor of the Android-based Cyanogen OS. Read more
Mozilla has put an end to plans to produce smartphones running their Firefox OS, but some newly leaked documents reveal this is not the end of the line for the operating system. Depending on how aggressive Mozilla gets moving forward, it looks like the company envisions production of several Firefox OS powered devices including a tablet, a keyboard computer device, a streaming stick dongle, and a “hub” device.
The tablet, tentatively dubbed the Firefox Pad, appears to be a stripped down 10-inch tablet aimed at late adopters or others who may be hesitant to use new technology. The device is simple in that it will not come loaded with apps and no app store will be available. Mozilla will only supply their web browser, so users will just have access to web sites and and web-enabled apps they happen to run across while browsing.
The Firefox Pi is built on Raspberry Pi hardware as a “keyboard computer” that users can plug into a TV or a monitor if need be. The leaked documents note that India has “millions of obsolete analog TVs” so the device may make sense there. Another area where it might be welcome is in an education setting for technology students.
The Firefox Hub device is described as being patterned after Google’s OnHub device and provides a means to improve network security via the Firefox firewall. The device would also let users run their own web server hosting their own internal content.
Finally, the Firefox Stick is an HDMI connected dongle for televisions that runs the Firefox OS TV platform. This gives users the ability to stream content from the web to their television. According to the leaked documents, Firefox is also working with content producers to establish partnerships and ensure compliance with DRM requirements.
Mozilla states the leaked information is a “concept work by one of its developers” so it is unclear how close to reality any of these devices may be.
source: Gadgets 360
One of the great things about Android is the ability to customize it to your heart’s content with third-party icon packs and launchers. You can even test out other mobile operating systems, such as Mozilla’s Firefox OS version 2.5 Developer Preview, which is now available to download as an app and will work similarly to other third-party launchers. Read more
News has surfaced that Mozilla is working on device to compete with Google’s Chromecast and could be close to releasing the device. Powered by the Firefox OS, it appears the new streaming media device will function in a manner very similar to Chromecast even to the point of being able to work with some apps that were designed for Chromecast. Read more
Had enough of stock Android on your Nexus 5? Then put Firefox OS on it. A developer over on XDA was successful in bringing a Firefox OS nightly to Google’s vanilla smartphone. There are a few minor issues being worked on, so you may want to wait just a little bit longer. Though, people are saying it can be used daily without much of an issue. The two problems have to do with the camera preview and enterprise features. But if you just cannot wait any longer, hit the source link to get started.
With companies announcing that they’re, well, going to be announcing stuff at other events being a common practice, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we see OEM’s announcing various things before Mobile World Congress next week. ZTE is no different. The company announced this morning that we’ll see the Grand Memo II LTE sporting a 6-inch screen and another smartphone called the Open C. That phone will run Firefox OS 1.3 A new version of its MiFavor UI was also mentioned and it will most likely debut on a few Android devices at MWC.
Not much to go on other than that. Regardless, we’ll know more next week so stay tuned!
The first photos of the Geeksphone Revolution, a smartphone that will dual-boot Android OS and Firefox OS, have leaked online by German site Mobile Geeks. The Revolution will come in black and white, and will be equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS qHD display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and a 2000mAh battery.
There will be three capacitive buttons on the front of the slightly curved device, which will reportedly come at a budget-friendly price. The Revolution is just the latest in a wave of popular dual-booting devices, and it’s certainly one to keep an eye on.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you have no doubt heard about Mozilla’s Firefox OS which is intended for lower-spec’d smartphones. While the OS is meant for “emerging markets”, Firefox OS is more than compatible with various budget devices thanks to the fact it is completely open-source, much like how the Android platform is. Sony took some time to utilize this notion for some of its upcoming devices and decided to fire up an experimental build of the OS on its Xperia E smartphone. What’s exciting is the fact that the early build is not only functional, but it actually works surprisingly well. Sony isn’t just operating this early build for just any reason, mind you. It has selected the Xperia E smartphone because it is encouraging developers and those who like to try things out to use the OS and provide some welcomed feedback. Once the feedback is received, it will begin developing and launching Firefox OS-powered devices sometime in the next year or so.
We know many of you are pretty eager to check this out, so why not hit the break and have a gander for yourself?