Chinese manufacturer ZTE is reportedly working on a smartphone based on Mozilla’s Firefox mobile operating system, Boot to Gecko.
The smartphone will apparently utilize the same hardware template found in the Android-powered V788D. That phone features a 3.5-inch display that is capable of displaying a 800 x 480 pixel resolution. Other features includes 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera situated at the rear of the device, as well as a 1.5GHz system-on-chip.
Speculation suggests that Mozilla and ZTE have already commenced the distribution of prototypes to developers.
Firefox's operating system, which is based off a mobile platform centered around HTML5, supposedly consumes considerably less power than iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
More battery life? Sweet.
No app ecosystem? Might as well be a feature-phone... ;-(
sanjiroThis seems like a good entry level phone, somewhere in between a feature phone and a regular smartphone. You'd be able to use this type of phone to surf the web, make/receive calls/text, get your emails and use some html5 apps. Obviously lower potential than android, but should handle the basics of smartphone fairly well.FFOS is starting where Android is heading....HTML5 based apps. HTML5 has the advantage of being platform independent, which means apps developed for FFOS will also run on Android, iOS, WP7/8, and BB OS.
I get that Mozilla wants to put Firefox on a phone. Fine, but first, focus one building a competitive browser. At the end of the day, I want a responsive fast phone, like the iPhone or Galaxy S3, not some dog slow HTML monstrosity.
Mozilla please just invest your limited resources on making a lean browser that can compete with Chrome!
HTML5 has the disadvantage as being orders of Magnitude slower than Native Apps. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. Download "Cube 2: Sauerbraten" and try Mozilla's port called BananaBread. My rig gets:
Cube 2: Sauerbraten - 200fps (think it's cap'd)
BananaBread in Firefox - 14-18fps
Even with WebGL's "hardware Acceleration" HTML5 just can't compete with native Apps. Now please tell my why the hell you'd want to put this on their target market, "low end smartphone"? Give me a responsive Native OS any day.