Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 18:21 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Firefox OS is coming to Japan and doing it in style.

Announced at a KDDI press event in Tokyo today, the Fx0 is a striking 4.7-inch smartphone with a transparent shell and a home button decorated with the golden Firefox logo embracing the Earth. It runs the latest version of Mozilla's web-centric mobile OS and was designed by noted Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, whose previous collaboration with KDDI produced a phone worthy of making it into the Museum of Modern Art's collection. With the Fx0, Yoshioka has worked around the familiar outlines of LG's G3 design (LG is the silent partner producing the device) and adapted them to a smaller size while producing a delightful aesthetic in the process. Like a watch with a window showing its internal mechanism, this phone's exposed electronics are a subtle reminder of its technical sophistication - plus, that Firefox home button is just plain cool.

It's different, surely, but.... No. Just no.

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Oh my...
by oldtimefighter on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 18:34 UTC
oldtimefighter
Member since:
2013-05-07

I would really like the see-thru body of the Fx0 if it wasn't GOLD!

Reply Score: 2

RE: Oh my...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 19:29 UTC in reply to "Oh my..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think it would be pretty cool, if they manga'd it up. You know throw a bunch of animated characters in various battle poses in various spots. So you'd have like a different character for each major component.

I wouldn't buy it even then, but I'd kind of respect it. Maybe, hello kitty? I don't think they've ever turned down any branding options.

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Oh my...
by quackalist on Wed 24th Dec 2014 22:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Oh my..."
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

If gamers want windows in PC cases, I don't get it either, this might be a goer if you can rig the insides with flashing LED's and water cooling.

Reply Score: 3

Style, certainly!
by WereCatf on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 18:44 UTC
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Too bad it's shitty style! O_o

Reply Score: 2

Please feel welcome
by pica on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 20:05 UTC in reply to "Style, certainly!"
pica Member since:
2005-07-10

to present an own -- in your view non-'shitty' -- design.

pica

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RE: Please feel welcome
by WereCatf on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 20:11 UTC in reply to "Please feel welcome"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Why? I can just point to any other modern smartphone for a better design.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Please feel welcome
by Kochise on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 21:06 UTC in reply to "Please feel welcome"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

C'mon buddy, the cover is transparent, you can always put MLP stickers underneath, you'll look 20% cooler, guarantee !

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: Please feel welcome
by ajs124 on Wed 24th Dec 2014 16:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Please feel welcome"
ajs124 Member since:
2013-08-28

20% cooler

In 10 seconds flat?

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RE[3]: Please feel welcome
by Kochise on Thu 25th Dec 2014 07:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Please feel welcome"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Yeah, but not sure the phone would boot in that time.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Please feel welcome
by Dano on Wed 24th Dec 2014 03:08 UTC in reply to "Please feel welcome"
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Something that does not look like a Gameboy from the early nineties? Yet another phone platform...

Reply Score: 2

comment
by pandronic on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 20:39 UTC
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

It looks fantastic, not to mention fresh. Why all the negativity, Thom?

Reply Score: 15

Prison market
by tf123 on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 21:22 UTC
tf123
Member since:
2010-01-28

They're going for the prison market.

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-ipod-of-prison

But it's "openness" isn't an asset in the prison system so oh well...

Reply Score: 1

Wonders Never Cease
by Bink on Tue 23rd Dec 2014 22:28 UTC
Bink
Member since:
2006-02-19

An ugly transparent case for your phone… *yawn*.

Reply Score: 2

Comment by hobgoblin
by hobgoblin on Wed 24th Dec 2014 02:53 UTC
hobgoblin
Member since:
2005-07-06

Me wants...

But then i would love to see a FFOS device in a store near me.

Reply Score: 2

Nice
by warrenweiss on Wed 24th Dec 2014 07:52 UTC
warrenweiss
Member since:
2005-07-07

It is a really sharp design. Very nice.

Too bad I'd never see it in its protective case.

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RE: Nice
by Doc Pain on Thu 25th Dec 2014 21:10 UTC in reply to "Nice"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

It is a really sharp design. Very nice.

Too bad I'd never see it in its protective case.


Isn't it possible to make a protection case from transparent material?

Even though it seems that many people dislike the design and appearance of this phone, I'd like to say that at least it looks interesting. To me, most smartphones look the same, no matter if they are white with a silver border, or black with a golden border. Some are equipped with diamonds, others with colorful stickers. But after all, they look similarly. The "see through case" concept, common among case modders in the PC area for decades, is something that I would say is new regarding smartphones. Please keep in mind that I'm not heavily interested in smartphones (because I find them mostly boring), so it's quite possible that I could be missing the fact that there already was a smartphone with a transparent case. Furthermore, that what can be seen inside the case isn't all that interesting. A printed circuit board and a battery. And the front... well, the same as all the other smartphones... but having FirefoxOS running could make it at least a bit more interesting again. :-)

Reply Score: 4

Comment by p13.
by p13. on Wed 24th Dec 2014 08:21 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-10

I can see it's not very popular with osnews readers, but i kinda like it.
Not a fan of firefoxos at all, so i couldn't care less.
The phone itself, though ... aside from the gold accents and the weird globe thing, i kinda like it.

Edited 2014-12-24 08:21 UTC

Reply Score: 2

Not Android
by vivainio on Wed 24th Dec 2014 08:56 UTC
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Member since:
2008-12-26

The point of using FirefoxOS instead of Android is that you can cut down on the hardware capabilities (RAM in particular, FxOS runs even on 128MB RAM). This device has 1.5GB of RAM, so there is no "technical" reason not to have Andoid on it. Maybe it can fly with consumers that want to "make a statement" of some kind, which is a rather small group.

Reply Score: 4

So disappointed D:
by marianne on Wed 24th Dec 2014 10:46 UTC
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2013-11-19

I read the article's headline and first line, and my brain instantly jumped to "oooh, someone's finally using transparent OLED screens in a consumer device?", but alas, no. Now that would have made me want this phone! I am mildly amused by how much the gold mesh of the case makes me think of the old Star Trek communicators, but I'm honestly not sure whether I actually like the phone's look or not. Certainly gets points for trying something new though.

Reply Score: 6

Modern art
by kwan_e on Wed 24th Dec 2014 11:43 UTC
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Member since:
2007-02-18

whose previous collaboration with KDDI produced a phone worthy of making it into the Museum of Modern Art's collection.


And there's your design problem.

Reply Score: 4

Price?
by kurkosdr on Wed 24th Dec 2014 11:53 UTC
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Member since:
2011-04-11

Article doesn't mention expected price, or even the price range, which is the primary motivation for buying a Firefox OS phone.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Price?
by oskeladden on Wed 24th Dec 2014 12:33 UTC in reply to "Price?"
oskeladden Member since:
2009-08-05

Article doesn't mention expected price, or even the price range, which is the primary motivation for buying a Firefox OS phone.


The article is on the Verge - you surely don't expect them to bother with practical details like that! </sarcasm>

The price has been covered elsewhere. It's not cheap: ¥50,000, which translates to around US$415, or £270. See:

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_fx0_is_a_transparent_smartphone_running_...

Reply Score: 4

Fantasy Fone
by ricegf on Wed 24th Dec 2014 12:21 UTC
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

The phone that I really want is the phone that can run Android, Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch, and Jolla Sailfish simultaneously in separate VMs - or at least via multi-boot.

Yeah, battery life would be impressively short, but I'm rarely away from the power grid for long anyway, and my current phone has more raw computing power than the desktop on which I first ran Windows 98 and (Mandrake) Linux.

We should no longer feel constrained to stick with a one-OS-per-mobile-device mentality.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Fantasy Fone
by Kochise on Wed 24th Dec 2014 12:35 UTC in reply to "Fantasy Fone"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

We should no longer feel constrained to stick with a one-OS-per-mobile-device mentality.

Dude, that's a serious real-life problem that need all our attention...

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Fantasy Fone
by ricegf on Wed 24th Dec 2014 12:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Fantasy Fone"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

You came here looking for serious, real-life problems?

Reply Score: 2

RE: Fantasy Fone
by kwan_e on Wed 24th Dec 2014 13:30 UTC in reply to "Fantasy Fone"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Not fantasy enough. Needs more unicorn farts.

Reply Score: 4

Uh-oh...
by shinkou on Thu 25th Dec 2014 16:41 UTC
shinkou
Member since:
2011-03-24

This is a perfect example of what we say when a transparent body doesn't necessary yield a better style. And on the of that, the golden Firefox logo makes the home button looks more like somebody has touched it with a greasy thumb... well, my 2cents.

Reply Score: 2