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    Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    "Mozilla has officially named its “Boot to Gecko” mobile platform, which will now be known as Firefox OS, and has signed up a clutch of carriers who have promised to back the new smartphone competitor. Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telenor have all jumped on board with the HTML5-based OS, while ZTE and Alcatel One Touch will both be creating devices expected to launch in early 2013."

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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    I can't see it seriously competing with Android or iOS. I like having more to an OS than just being based on a web browser, whether it be Firefox or Chrome. Aside from that, I think it's probably too late for them to push their way into the game. I think Microsoft is going to be the only one that has any chance at that at all, and I think that chance is slim.
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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I can't see it seriously competing with Android or iOS. I like having more to an OS than just being based on a web browser, whether it be Firefox or Chrome. Aside from that, I think it's probably too late for them to push their way into the game. I think Microsoft is going to be the only one that has any chance at that at all, and I think that chance is slim.
    I agree with you there, it's like starting a new car company and trying to dominate sales. Impossible.
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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I can't see it seriously competing with Android or iOS.
    Does it really have to compete with them? If it covers costs and makes Mozilla a little money (or a lot of money!) then isn't it a success even if it holds the #4 or #5 slot?

    Mozilla has always been more for freedom and openness so any success of this phone should be a win for everybody (even if they don't use it, Linux or open source).
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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    I was scoffing when I first heard of this... but the more I think of it.... the more I think this will be a win for openness and the closer we get to just throwing Linux on these babies

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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    I don't think Mozilla has to penetrate the market nearly as much as Google, Apple and Microsoft have to, in part because they don't have (greedy) share holders breathing down their neck for profit!

    Each video I see of it, it looks (and responds) better and better. I am hoping that this thinks different enough to carve a (sustainable) niche out for itself.
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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I can't see it seriously competing with Android or iOS. I like having more to an OS than just being based on a web browser, whether it be Firefox or Chrome. Aside from that, I think it's probably too late for them to push their way into the game. I think Microsoft is going to be the only one that has any chance at that at all, and I think that chance is slim.
    I agree for the most part. I would much prefer a mobile OS that uses more of the technologies from Desktop Linux, like Meego or Tizen. But as you said, these OSs will have a hard time getting any market traction, even if they are technically better than the competition.
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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    I would love to have the ability to nuke android and install ubuntu or mint on my EVO LTE. It's a bit disappointing to not have something aside from android on a great piece of hardware.

    Maybe just creating a phone OS that does not rely on Microsoft, Google or Apple to legislate the direction of is what is needed and leeching private data - more of a community mobile OS that is secure and privacy oriented. An OS that can be ported to a variety of existing android based hardware.
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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl.Spackler View Post
    I would love to have the ability to nuke android and install ubuntu or mint on my EVO LTE. It's a bit disappointing to not have something aside from android on a great piece of hardware.
    I can see using the Ubuntu core (although maybe a bit heavy for a phone), but a custom DE would need to be created for that small of a screen.

    I personally liked Maemo, which was based off of Debian with a GTK interface.

    There is also Open WebOS, which I think has the most potential to make any penetration into the market.
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    Re: Firefox OS smartphones due 2013 as Mozilla reveals partners

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenKingpin View Post
    I can see using the Ubuntu core (although maybe a bit heavy for a phone), but a custom DE would need to be created for that small of a screen.

    I personally liked Maemo, which was based off of Debian with a GTK interface.

    There is also Open WebOS, which I think has the most potential to make any penetration into the market.
    Thanks for posting this. Yet *another* OS I need to study, .

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