by Jules Wang | October 6, 2015 3:15 PM
To mod or not to mod? If you prefer the former, you'd have probably known about what are Puzzlephone, Project Ara and Fairphone by now. Indeed, the slab smartphone form factor does make switching pieces in and out for a do-it-yourself device much easier. Now, imagine what the heck you'd have to do to make a smartwatch happen on your own terms? We're about to find out as the BLOCKS team, the London-originated project that wants to put a Swiss army knife on your wrist, is about to kick-off its Kickstarter crowdfunding program on October 13 at 12pm Eastern. You'll be able to pre-order ...
by Stephen Schenck | September 24, 2013 11:44 AM
Mozilla's Firefox OS often finds itself mentioned in the same sentence as platforms like Sailfish and Ubuntu Touch, but unlike those systems, where we're still waiting to see how the smartphone-buying public will respond, Firefox OS is already out there. This year saw the start of sales for devices like the ZTE Open, and while modest, ZTE is apparently happy enough that it plans to move forward, sharing news of a more powerful Firefox OS smartphone due next year. While none of the first generation of Firefox phones really screamed "high-end," the ZTE Open was one of the worse equipped ...
by Stephen Schenck | July 1, 2013 3:24 PM
Geeksphone may have gotten the ball rolling for Firefox OS with its developer preview hardware, but when it comes to proper commercial retail hardware, ZTE will be the first to introduce many users to the platform, in the form of its ZTE Open. While curious to see how the OS will fare, we've been a little down on the Open itself (like many of these other early FFOS phones) due to its seriously low-end hardware. Now, that's not necessarily saying that the phone won't be up to the task, but ZTE would sure need to give the handset a price tag to match its stature. Thankfully, it look like ...
by Stephen Schenck | June 13, 2013 7:30 PM
Ready to add a little diversity to your smartphone choices? We're starting to see a new breed of platforms get ready for commercial launches this year, and Mozilla's Firefox OS sure sounds like one of the more ambitious. It's already attracted interest from a number of OEMs, and quite a few handsets have been formally announced. Today, one of those early ones sees the publication of its FCC paperwork as it gets ready to go up for sale. ZTE announced its Open back at the Mobile World Congress, and while – like so many of these first-round Firefox OS phones – it's a bit underpowered ...
by Stephen Schenck | 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 ...
by Stephen Schenck | 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, ...
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 ...
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