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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by warrenweiss on Wed 24th Dec 2014 07:52 UTC
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It is a really sharp design. Very nice.

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

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by Doc Pain on Thu 25th Dec 2014 21:10 in reply to "Nice"
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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. :-)

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