Posts tagged with: Firefox OS
  • by | May 28, 2013 2:43 PM

    Earlier this year, we learned the details on the first wave of smartphones running Mozilla's Firefox OS. The big push should get started this summer, when we'll first be seeing handsets running the new platform go up for sale in Europe. So far, a number of companies have shown interest from less renowned OEMs like Alcatel or ZTE to even manufacturers like Sony, providing an experimental ROM for re-purposing one of its Android models. What we haven't heard much about has been Firefox on tablets, nor of Firefox OS hardware from Mozilla itself. All that could be about to change on June 3. ...

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  • by | May 10, 2013 7:53 PM

    There's a point which we're coming up on, if we haven't reached it already, where it makes more sense to think of the HTC HD2 in terms of what mobile platforms it DOESN'T run than those that it does. In just the past year we've seen it get Jelly Bean, Windows Phone 8, and even full-on Windows RT. With no signs of development slowing down for the three-and-a-half-year-old smartphone, the latest OS to join the ranks of HD2 compatibility is Mozilla's new Firefox OS. This early port is a bit of a kludge, and a number of important things are broken: SIM card recognition, sound output, mass ...

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  • by | March 7, 2013 4:37 PM

    Let me hit you with some opinion, mobile fans. Let me ask you to consider the following hypothetical. This will require you to use your imagination. You ready? Okay, here goes: Big platforms aren't cool. You know what's cool? New platforms. Yes, I'm generalizing. Yes, I'm paraphrasing The Social Network's faux-Sean Parker to make a point. And no, I don't really think that Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are somehow "uncool." But they are kind of predictable ... right? They're "comfortable." They do what we want them to do (usually) and behave how we expect them to (most of the time). They ...

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  • by | March 6, 2013 8:00 PM

    Man, have I ever got a bad feeling about Firefox OS hardware. I've been in this game long enough to know not to be blinded by specs, and appreciate what a difference the platform can make; just look at Windows Phone, which has done admirably well with hardware that's a solid generation behind Android. I can also appreciate that Firefox OS is looking to launch in markets where cost is going to be a big deal, and that's more true than ever when we're talking about a largely unknown, unproven platform. Still, I am all sorts of concerned with the kind of hardware we've been seeing, and worry ...

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  • by | February 27, 2013 7:53 PM

    Technically, the Mobile World Congress may finish-up tomorrow, but with all the big smartphone and tablet events over, we're calling it a wrap. We've had a great time the past several days bringing you news of all the new hardware and software companies came to the event to promote, and as we now begin to recuperate and get back to business as usual, we wanted to take a look back on MWC 2013 and everything it brought us. The week leading up to the MWC was filled with rumors, as we should expect, and while some played out, others fell flat on their faces. LG really got things started early, ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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:

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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