Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jul 2013 23:07 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Mozilla today announced that the regional launches of Firefox OS smartphones will begin soon. Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica will release the first Firefox OS devices, the ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Fire and the ZTE Open, soon. Individual partners will announce specifics about launches in each market soon." Lots of soons in there.
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I think it's exciting
by whartung on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 16:40 UTC
whartung
Member since:
2005-07-06

I think its exciting as it suggests that the mobile space is still vibrant. It advances the art, getting software and devices in to the users and developers hands to see what the limits really are.

It's safe(ish) for developers as any work they do on the JS apps will mostly port to other mobile JS platforms, as well as the web, so investment here is not necessarily wasted.

If FF OS fails, perhaps the others will learn from it and being able to advance. In the end, it will only make Firefox leaner and faster since now they have to focus on limited devices, and make it work. So, that's even a win for desktop users.

For many apps, JS is "fast enough", it's ubiquity is it's real power, and since necessity is the mother of invention, the more JS work devs need to do, the more tools will be created (by Mozilla, by others) to support them.

But you need to release this stuff and get it into the wild, start getting real world feedback and use cases.

It's all good.

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RE: I think it's exciting
by Lennie on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 23:52 in reply to "I think it's exciting"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I think Firefox/Mozilla is doing well in the areas of performance right now:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/chrome-27-firefox-21-opera-next...

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/05/native-level-...

The Firefox developers are busy getting all the APIs they created on the table at W3C:

https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebAPI#APIs

Some have already been adopted and implemented by others.

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RE[2]: I think it's exciting
by Nelson on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 00:17 in reply to "RE: I think it's exciting"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Right. On mobile devices (and Firefox OS is a mobile phone OS) being 20% slower is still needlessly terrible.

And asm.js isn't portable in that it actively hurts performance on non asm.js browsers according to your link.

So now you're taking a 20% hit and losing the benefit of ubiquity. Talk about making a bad situation worse.

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