One of the most surprising appearances at this year’s Mobile World Congress was Firefox OS. For a scrappy little operating system developed entirely on open web standards, Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox OS sure got a surprising amount of attention.
And it wasn’t only tech bloggers who were excited about it; big carriers like Spain’s Telefonica and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom have announced that they will be ranging smartphones running Firefox OS, while manufacturers like LG, Huawei, ZTE, and even Sony have announced their interest and even commitment to the project.
While it’s easy to dismiss Firefox OS as the pipe dream of a handful of starry-eyed open source fanatics, the fact that the new operating system received such a warm welcome from big names in the business suggests that there is true potential to it. And, remember, Android was a scrappy little open source project once.
At MWC, Darcy got to talk with a spokesman for Mozilla Foundation, who was kind enough to give us a demo of Firefox OS running on a low-end ZTE device. Mozilla clearly has its workout cut out with Firefox OS, but, judging from what you can see in the video below, there’s already plenty of good stuff in there.
Let us know what you make of the new Firefox OS.
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“Play Snakes and send text messages”…I like this guy.
I also like the idea of replacing feature phones with something more robust. An OS aimed at, AND REMAINING AIMED AT, low-price hardware would be a boon to developing countries. I could also see Firefox OS finally killing off the old Gingerbread crap phones still being sold by carriers. This would end up hurting Android’s total market penetration, but would probably cement it’s place as a grown up OS as “cheapjack smart phone” would no longer be synonymous with Android.
Of course, what really keeps smartphones out of the hands of the very poor is the cost of data. This will solve part of the problem, but not all of it.
Looks promising :)
That don’t impress me much!