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Posted by Soulskill
from the planting-the-seeds-of-openness dept.
MojoKid writes "Is the world really ready to shift from native apps to HTML5 Web apps? Probably not, at least not in North America yet, but developing nations may see it differently. That's the hope with Firefox OS, a web-based operating system that's (in theory) a lot more open. Of course, one needs only look at Microsoft's battle to get Windows Phone into a place of competition to realize that gaining market share is no easy task, which is why Mozilla will soon be handing out Firefox OS developer phones in order to bolster that. The company's goal is to get app builders to build for Firefox OS, so Mozilla is sending out free Preview handsets for folks to tinker with."
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Mozilla Handing Out Free Firefox OS Developer Phones To Bolster App Marketplace

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  • I'd love to see more diversity in this space but I think that Google is winning the battle. Chrome as a browser is pretty cool and Android as an OS is huge. I'd be surprised if Firefox can fight them off.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I'd love to see more diversity in this space, but BlackBerry is winning the battle. BlackBerries are pretty cool and Palm as an OS is huge. I'd be surprised if Apple can put up any fight.

    • So, why is Google winning?

      Good hardware support allowing any manufacturer to have a stab? Well FirefoxOS bases off Android so it has all that hardware support down pat - and the rest of the OS is similarly open. App support? Well which has more apps - the web or Android? So Firefox has this down-pat (porting existing web apps is trivial).

      FirefoxOS is also choosing not to take Android head-on in the first-world market but rather edging in via poorer countries. So it's not so much fighting Android off rather

    • GTalk, Chrome all of them install Windows Services. Why does a browser or a chat application need a Service running all the time? I uninstalled both when I realized this.

      • GTalk, Chrome all of them install Windows Services. Why does a browser or a chat application need a Service running all the time?

        I think the main reason is that there is no standard mechanism to provide automated updates in Windows, unless the software happens to come from Microsoft, so every app that provides that functionality typically installs a service to check for, download, and apply updates. Contrast w/Linux where you have package managers & repos, and OS X where there's Software update (for a

        • by Frankie70 (803801)

          I think the main reason is that there is no standard mechanism to provide automated updates in Windows, unless the software happens to come from Microsoft, so every app that provides that functionality typically installs a service to check for, download, and apply updates.

          That's rubbish. Other than google products, I don't see any other products installing services to check for updates.

          Firefox & Pidgin seem to manage well enough without installing services.

          • by mirix (1649853)

            Back when I quit using windows, adobe had one, even if you only had acrobat reader, IIRC.

            Countless others that don't come to mind right now, though. Uh. java, for one.

  • Frankly, I have no faith at all in the security of HTML5.

    Come back to me in 5 years when it has had enough cycles of exploitation and repairs, but today it's just in a state of "Let's bring back all the security problems of ActiveX and the first five years of Flash, but we'll pretend they're fine because it's an open language (though subject to implementation variances)."

  • This seems a bit unnecessary since there's enough demand to keep Geeksphone sold out.

    Maybe those aren't getting into the hands of developers, but given that the phones are definitely sub-par for someone who just wants the latest and greatest, I would expect most are going to the people they are intended for.

  • Posting comment to undo wrong moderation.

  • by cjjjer (530715) <cjjjer@@@hotmail...com> on Sunday May 12, 2013 @09:09AM (#43701583)
    Funny reading all these comments on how great FirefoxOS will be and how everyone will get access to sub $200 smartphones and how great it will be having an open phone, blah, blah, blah.

    People were singing the praise when Google was doing the same thing and look how that turned out. Unless Mozilla or whoever is backing this endeavor can be like Apple and make/distribute their own hardware along with control the underlying OS and how it is bundled with the hardware it will fall the same way as Google did. Telco providers will just implement their own draconian limits on the device (with regards to updates/services) and you all will be no better than you were before.
    • Funny reading all these comments on how great FirefoxOS will be and how everyone will get access to sub $200 smartphones and how great it will be having an open phone, blah, blah, blah.

      People were singing the praise when Google was doing the same thing and look how that turned out.

      Yes, just look at how it turned out. I spent under $80 all told for an unlocked phone with a 32MB memory card, with a healthy developer community. I don't have to use it with google services at all. I guess FirefoxOS will be great, at least based on your example.

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