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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Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

An other datapoint.

In the other comment I mentioned:

"Webapps running on Android need 2 frameworks running on the phone at the same time: Android and webruntime. FirefoxOS only needs 1 to run webapps."

Did you know more memory in your smartphone means less battery life ? (and running 2 frameworks means using more memory obviously)

Let's recap how a basic computer (thus also smartphone) draws power:
- CPU
- networking
- memory
- storage
- screen

When your phone is idle it goes to a sleep mode.

What is sleep mode ? I think it's basically suspend to RAM, right ?

So the CPU is idle, storage is idle and screen is blanked. On the networking side, your phone is sending and/or receiving keep alives from the cell tower.

But memory is still going: refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh.

If it wouldn't do that, the content would be lost.

So if your smartphone has less memory onboard, it will use less energy.

Maybe things have improved:

http://www.techspot.com/news/51750-smarter-design-cuts-existing-sra...

Edited 2013-10-04 10:19 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

HTML 5 apps take a lot more processing power to do the same thing as a native app.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-m8K4QOYms

Even the JS gurus are warning you not to be slack with modern JS engines.

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

S40 uses Java ME. Point is that more then the technology/language the complexity and richness of the apps are what makes the differences. If FirefoxOS likes to compete on low end, and I mean real low end, then it needs to run on $20 devices and offer a similar or better experience and ecosystem then S40.

According to reports Kit Kat, Android 4.4, goes even future down. Harder competition nears.

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