Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Feb 2013 22:42 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Firefox OS could actually be wildly successful, no matter how underwhelming the actual phones may be. And that's because - at least for now - you're not the customer; your carrier is." I'm extremely disappointed by Firefox OS so far. There's nothing wrong with the low-end hardware we've seen during MWC, but there is something wrong with low-end hardware that can't even properly run its operating system. To make matters worse, carriers are the boss here. Terrible first impression.
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Disclaimer: I work on the Firefox OS project so I'm biased towards it.

I wanted to chime in on the first impression many had of the operating system. The phones we're demonstrating Firefox OS on are incredibly underpowered, they've got specs comparable to the lowest-end Android phones. There's a reason for it: they're intended to be launched in emerging markets at very low prices. That's part of the project's goals, to provide a wide range of people currently limited to feature phones with a smartphone-like experience with the added benefit of optimal access to the web.

Yet there's a couple of performance aspects that I'd like to underline. If you'll have the chance of trying the handsets yourself you'll notice that their performance is not bad at all, with most apps capable of a very smooth experience (55+ FPS during transitions/animation is not uncommon). More importantly it's not bad at all when compared to similar Android handsets and it's nothing short of amazing when you realize that's just HTML, CSS and JavaScript code running on slow, single-core, single-issue ARM processors.

In addition to this the OS in general tends to use significantly less memory hungry than Android for comparable tasks, that's an aspect we were very focused on.

Just to show that I'm not making this up check Andy Rubin's comment on this:

http://allthingsd.com/20130226/googles-andy-rubin-on-firefox-os-in-...

From the article:

“There are places where Android can’t go,” he said, referring to memory and other hardware requirements.

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