Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Oct 2013 22:25 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Whether or not the Open fits your needs, one thing is clear: Mozilla needs more capable hardware to demonstrate Firefox OS' potential. The Open is good for someone whose alternative would be a basic flip phone, but the camera quality, connectivity, display and performance don't do full justice to the software.

A promising start, but clearly better hardware is needed. I'm really hoping Firefox OS gets a fair shot.

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I agree 100%
by ronaldst on Thu 3rd Oct 2013 23:47 UTC
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2005-06-29

But the whole point of this phone is will it be enough?

With the new Install to Homescreen coming to Chrome 31 for Android, it's apparent that Google will have the same platform and have better handsets at the same price. I fear FirefoxOS will be crushed.

https://developers.google.com/chrome/mobile/docs/installtohomescreen

Edited 2013-10-03 23:48 UTC

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RE: I agree 100%
by bassbeast on Fri 4th Oct 2013 01:49 in reply to "I agree 100%"
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2007-11-11

What is sad is here in the USA the Android phones they give away with the low end prepaid plans like Straight talk are frankly better and those are phones from 2011/2012. This has a lousy 256Mb of RAM while the LG Optimus Q and Samsung precedent both have 512Mb and while they only have an 800MHz CPU they are snappy and frankly RAM matters when it comes to apps.

It doesn't matter how "free" the OS is if you put it on crap hardware, this is the problem Linux had with the OEMs who would take the older crappy hardware they had lying around and slap Linux on it. Moz better put their foot down and set basic standards that let the OS shine because in the end folks will NOT blame the OEMs, they'll say FFOS sucks.

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RE[2]: I agree 100%
by Lennie on Fri 4th Oct 2013 07:47 in reply to "RE: I agree 100%"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

They aren't really intended for most of the people in the US market.

As the article says:

'it's meant to deliver a smartphone experience to those who'd otherwise buy a basic cellphone -- not to become the "next iOS or Android."'

This is part of the reason FirefoxOS exists, bring smartphones to people that don't have a lot of money to spend on it.

So hardware will be less amazing if you pay less money, who would have expected that ?

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RE[2]: I agree 100%
by MeinNick on Sat 5th Oct 2013 17:46 in reply to "RE: I agree 100%"
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2013-03-14

Not that it really matters on a website about operating systems and mobile devices, but I think you really meant "256 MB" when you said "256 Mb".

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