Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Smartphones and Tablets Treated with Firefox Operating System

The people behind the development of Mozilla Firefox web browser is now changing their track. Since then, the organization continue to surprise us through their initiatives in producing a handful of freeware. And now, aside from those productivity tools which are ideal for students and working professionals, they are moving ahead of other software developers by introducing their very own Firefox OS for portable devices.

And I am talking about their very own Firefox OS! A new platform which is typically designed to work in smartphones and tablet computers. Compared to Android and iOS, I cannot totally identify the difference in terms of functionality and as a new environment for games and other supported apps.

Firefox OS Graphical User Interface

Furthermore, the said operating system of Firefox offers a common platform for programs to run just like in Android as well in iOS. However, it is totally different from what we can get in Windows 8.1 or earlier versions of the blockbuster OS of Microsoft. In fact, we cannot totally compare the technology giant to those folks working in Firefox, right?

But before of anything else, Firefox OS is now available in few-to-mentioned smartphones and tablets. And to name those device, let me start with VIA Vixen's 7-inch tablet. A China-made portable machine treated with ARM Cortex-A9 (dual-core) CPU at 1.2GHz. It is also equipped with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in flash storage, and Mali 400 GPU.

VIA Vixen 7-Inch Firefox Tablet

VIA Vixen Firefox tablet has a 2-megapixel of main and VGA front-facing cameras. It is also designed to work in 802.11n Wi-Fi technology in a compacted 7-inch (with 1024 x 600-pixel resolution) device.

A Foxconn InFocus 10-inch (with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution) tablet recently appeared from the wild with Firefox operating system. According to reports, it is one of the platform's reference device treated with ARM Cortex-A7 (quad-core) processor.

Foxconn InFocus 10-Inch Firefox Tablet

The said Foxconn slate is also equipped with PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5-megapixel (main) and 2-megapixel (front) cameras, 7000mAh battery, wireless connectivity module, and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.

In terms of smartphones, a 4.5-inch Firefox OS Flame is another handset to sports the uprising platform. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 (dual-core) at 1.2GHz, RAM that ranges from 256MB to 1GB, 8GB of flash storage, 5-megapixel (rear) and 2-megapixel (front) cameras, 1800mAh battery, typical Wi-Fi connectivity, 3G support, and Bluetooth 4.0 technology.


Firefox OS Flame is probably a variant of ZTE or Alcatel's OneTouch Idol handset from China. And before I can forget, ZTE Open C is a 4-inch handset treated with Firefox OS. It has an ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core processor at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 1400mAh battery, and connectivity support for HSPA, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

ZTE Open C 4-Inch Firefox Smartphone

Guess what, most of those smartphones are now available for about $100.00 only in eBay and other online stores. A budget-friendly handsets with prominent Firefox OS.

Hopefully, Firefox OS will find its way under the sun when manufacturers started to turn their heads to its capability and features to compete with Android and iOS gadgets which are now dominating the global market.

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