by Stephen Schenck | February 27, 2013 4:26 PM
This week brought us plenty of news about the global launch of Firefox OS, as well as some new looks at native Firefox OS hardware. If you're interested in the platform in general, but are a bit hesitant to throw down more cash on an upstart OS like this, you might want to think about flashing an existing handset with a Firefox ROM. If you've got an Xperia E lying around, Sony has just the thing for you, releasing an experimental Firefox OS ROM today. That choice of phone shouldn't be too surprising, as the Xperia E's processor and display are pretty much in line with the sort of low-end ...
by Stephen Schenck | February 25, 2013 11:26 AM
We've been itching to get our hands on Firefox OS for a while now, and thanks to the ZTE Open at the Mobile World Congress, we finally got a chance to take it for a spin. As shouldn't be that surprising, it feels like a mix of ideas from a lot of mobile platforms. While connection problems kept us from diving too deep into apps, we took a quick walk through the phone's home screen, checking out notifications and its universal search feature. We'll be spending more time with Firefox OS in the future, but here's a quick look for now:
by Stephen Schenck | February 25, 2013 10:47 AM
The cat may be out of the bag for the ZTE Open, the company's first Firefox OS smartphone, but that's not the only thing ZTE came to the Mobile World Congress to show off. To get the full scoop on the Open, as well as learn about the company’s other new hardware, our attention turns to the company's MWC press event this morning. First up, ZTE announced the Grand Memo, its new Android phablet. While earlier reports from the MWC gave the Grand Memo a 5.7-inch 720p screen, just a tad larger than the Note II or Optimus G Pro, the company is now saying it will be a 1080p display; perhaps ...
by Stephen Schenck | February 24, 2013 12:20 PM
Mozilla's MWC event is currently underway, so while we should have more news on the global launch of its new platform in just a few minutes, one detail has arrived a little early, upon Deutsche Telekom announcing its plans to bring the first Firefox OS smartphone to Europe, in the form of the Alcatel One Touch Fire. Poland will be the first European nation to get its hands on the One Touch Fire, with sales starting sometime this summer. Before the end of the year, the smartphone will be available in additional countries throughout Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, we don't yet have any specs ...
by Stephen Schenck | February 23, 2013 2:24 PM
Last month we got word of the first two smartphones announced for the upcoming Firefox OS, a pair of low-end models from GeeksPhone. Today at the MWC, a new Firefox phone has been revealed, and this time from a bit more well-known of a manufacturer. The ZTE Open will be the company's first Firefox OS model, but like those GeeksPhone handsets, it's definitely on the lower end of the spectrum. While it can be difficult to get excited about models like this, we're still intrigued to be seeing a new platform arrive, and if ZTE can manage to make this phone super-cheap in the process, it might ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 22, 2013 10:41 AM
Last year, we saw Mozilla's Boot to Gecko project mature into Firefox OS, an ambitious attempt at introducing a new player on the smartphone scene. That's going to be a seriously uphill battle, but before we can really pass any sort of meaningful judgement on the platform, we're going to need to see it running on native hardware. We've known for a while now to expect the first Firefox OS devices sometime early this year, and now the details on just what we'll be getting have been revealed, upon the announcement of the Keon and Peak Firefox OS Developer Preview handsets. That "Developer ...
by Anton D. Nagy | December 21, 2012 5:45 AM
It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...
by Stephen Schenck | November 13, 2012 2:43 PM
Windows Phone fans may be quick to sing the praises of Nokia's various mapping and navigation solutions, but for those of you still solidly committed to iOS and Android, there's a good chance you may never have even tried out one of Nokia's map offerings. The company wants to do something to change that, and in an effort to reach more users than ever before has just announced Here, a cross-platform, cloud-based service targeted at PC, iOS, Android, and Firefox OS users. Nokia is partnering with Mozilla for Here, which explains that Firefox OS connection. Once the platform debuts, users ...
by Jaime Rivera | September 4, 2012 8:00 AM
Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the recent leaks regarding a possible Microsoft Surface smartphone running Windows Phone 8. We later talk about the recent leak of the Windows Phone 8 desktop companion and how it'll help your experience on Windows 8. We later go back to the Nokia Lumia 920/820 leaks, which include both good news and bad news. Then we move over to HTC and go through the recent leaks of a future HTC flagship device that showed-up for a visit with Mr. blurrycam. We then end today's show by going through the new leaks of the Firefox operating system, which is ...
by Stephen Schenck | September 3, 2012 5:02 PM
Mozilla's Firefox OS is one of the smartphone platform underdogs we're going to be keeping an eye on as we get into 2013. It's an ambitious effort, and while it may not shake-up the smartphone ecosystem as a whole, there's a lot of potential for it, especially with the kind of super-budget-priced hardware we've been hearing about. We've known that the whole platform, apps and all, will be built upon HTML5, but haven't seen much as to how you'll actually get your hands on those apps. A new leak attempts to reveal some of those details, showing off the Firefox Marketplace. Compared to the ...
by Stephen Schenck | July 19, 2012 4:39 PM
We first knew it as Boot 2 Gecko, but earlier this month, Mozilla gave its ambitious new smartphone operating system project a new name: Firefox OS. What once sounded like the sort of side project some engineers tinker with in their spare time started to become much more fleshed-out, with the project picking up carrier and hardware partners, aiming towards a platform launch in early 2013. As Mozilla works towards that goal, some new imagery of the OS has arrived, giving us a look at the progress that's been made. Update: This stuff, while newer than we had seen before, is apparently itself ...
by Stephen Schenck | July 2, 2012 12:10 PM
Over the past several months, Mozilla's Boot to Gecko project, first announced last year, has been building-up steam. The new operating system, built all around the idea of HTML5-based apps, has seemed to be coming more and more together, and we heard about some early plans for actually bringing smartphones running the OS to market. Today, Mozilla's made a major announcement regarding the project, which gets a new name and sees support from a number of industry players. If you thought that the Boot To Gecko name was a bit ungraceful, Mozilla has decided to re-brand the platform as Firefox ...
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