The Firefox operating system is generally known for being used on basic smartphones like the ZTE Open. LG has announced a new handset called the Fireweb, which is their first Firefox OS powered device. The LG Fireweb has a 4-inch screen that has a 480 x 320 resolution. The Fireweb also has a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and 4GB of expandable storage. The Fireweb has a 5-megapixel camera and it is the first Firefox OS phone that has autofocus and an LED flash. Vivo Brazil is selling the Fireweb for $449 BRL ($207 US) to pay-as-you-go customers and $129 BRL ($59 US) for regular subscribers.
Mozilla Firefox OS Posts
On top of making one of the most popular web browsers in the world, Mozilla has also been developing a mobile operating system. Mozilla has announced that they have launched Firefox OS 1.1. The updated version of the service includes support for push notifications along with MMS messaging features. Firefox OS 1.1 users will be able to receive files through text messages with the MMS feature. The update also allows users to download content from the web browser like images, audio, and video content.
Geeksphone is preparing to launch the next Firefox OS powered smartphone to the public soon. Geeksphone has revealed that their upcoming smartphone running on the Firefox OS will be called the Peak+. Peak+ will be an upgraded version of the original Peak developer device.
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Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd. (TPE:2354), one of the top consumer electronics manufacturing companies, has reportedly hired 3,000 software engineers to work on the mobile Firefox operating system. The Firefox mobile operating system is being supported by manufacturers like Alcatel and ZTE as a way to stand out from Android. Foxconn’s new software engineers are believed to be experts in the fields of HTML5 and cloud computing.
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Mozilla recently launched Firefox 22 in beta mode. One of the most controversial features that was supposed to be built into the browser was a default third-party cookie blocking software. This feature was aimed at preventing cross-website tracking of browser users with cookies not originating from the websites that users visit. This feature will still be available in the next Firefox released, but will be turned off by default. The next Firefox release is expected to arrive in June.
Mozilla has announced the first two phones that will be powered by the mobile Firefox operating system. The first Firefox-powered handset is called the Keon and it has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 3-megapixel rear camera, 1GHz Snapdragon S1 CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB microSD storage, WiFi, 2G/3G, and 1580mAh battery. The second handset is called the Peak. The Peak has a 4.3-inch qHD screen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, and 1,800mAh battery.
We first wrote about Mozilla Firefox OS back in July 2012. Mozilla is building their own mobile smartphone operating system known as “Boot to Gecko.” The idea is to allow developers to create apps close to being native using HTML5. Earlier this week Mozilla displayed the Firefox operating system running on an actual device.
Mozilla is now uploading new nightly builds of their mobile operating system called Firefox OS. You can download the operating system and try it out for yourself, but do so at your own risk. The nightly builds will be prone to have bugs. You can use the command line to download Gaia, which is the HTML 5 UI layer. These builds are primarily for developers to test their web apps on. Tony Chung of Mozilla has written a blog post about getting started with the new operating system.