Firefox OS Better Than the Rest?

FireFox OS

Do you think people will flock to another OS for phones? I think some will want to try it, but unsure if they will keep it. A while ago, I read Ubuntu starting a phone OS based on their wonderful Debian Linux. I was excited to see what they had to offer. Well, for those who know more of Firefox then you might just want to try out the Firefox OS.

A month ago or so I was sent an email to Beta Test Firefox’s new phone with their new OS. Due to not being with the carrier that the phone was being tested on, I couldn’t get my hands on one. I was excited to see another OS pop up because I love to play with Linux, really just anything new.

I was excited to hear that they had arrived, but not in the states as of yet for purchase. But they are with Telefonica-owned Spanish mobile phone operator Movistar promising delivery of the first low-priced phones on Tuesday.

Mozilla’s vice president of mobile engineering, Andreas Gal, wrote: “We want to take a bigger step now, and find the gaps that keep web developers from being able to build apps that are – in every way – the equals of native apps built for the iPhone, Android and WP7.”

Firefox OS is not owned by one big corporation but rather a nice, if little, eccentric and quaint by carrier standards, non-profit. The technology it is peddling is “open” – apps for Firefox OS are built using HTML5 and then accelerated using the phone’s hardware, not the operating system and hardware.

For five years, it has been Apple’s iPhone and ad giant Google’s Android OS, which has held the top positions in the mobile world, and carriers don’t like that. Apple has run rings around the carriers because it owns the branding, the customers and devs. Google has imposed itself between the carriers and customers and devs on branding and application development, too.

Firefox OS is also important to Microsoft, whose Windows Phone is also trying to upset the “Applecart.” Like Mozilla, Microsoft believes it can be the industry’s alternative to Apple and Android.

Can Firefox OS succeed in delivering on the theory and becoming the open alternative to Apple and Android?

It’s a sign of how the carriers are spreading their bets that last Wednesday Telefonica promised to help Microsoft sell more Windows phones.

Telefonica promised Redmond it’ll work with its handset providers to improve the phones and also spend more money marketing handsets in the UK through O2 and other international markets for 12 months. It’ll also offer Microsoft’s Office 365, SharePoint, Skydrive and Xbox online through the phones.

The idea, according to last week’s announcement, is to deliver an “alternative to the current duopoly of Android and iOS” – which is funny, ‘cos that’s just what Andreas Gal says Mozilla is doing.

After playing with the Unity bar that someone created for Android (they took it from the idea of the Ubuntu OS). I like having this feature of swiping to the right, and a bar comes up and gives me apps to select from. Then with the use of the Nova Launcher and its capable hands with its nifty side bar that gives you three rows of apps you can switch from. There is really no need to leave my home screen, which I like. I’m lazy I know.

Keep your eyes open things are coming and things are changing. You might like the change you may not. But I recommend never buy until you try them out or watch someone else try them out and read some reviews. It can save you lots of money that way.

Since I haven’t got my hands-on a Ubuntu for phones or Firefox, I can’t tell you the good or the bad. Maybe, just maybe I might get my hands on them and be able to test them and let you know if Ubuntu is a better choice or if Firefox OS is the option.

By: Forrest L. Rawls


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