Video shows how Android grew to dominate the global mobile OS market

A video shows how Android, iOS and other mobile operating systems jockeyed for positions before ending up in their current positions with 85% of the world's smartphone users sporting an Android phone.

Oct 13, 2019, 4:47 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  23 comments
Google invests $22 million in kaiOS; will build versions of certain Google apps for the platform

It seems that mobile operating systems often get a second chance. Despite impressing many smartphone fanatics with its gesture based navigation, Nokia went one and done with MeeGo, which was offered on 2011's Nokia N9. While Nokia was looking for a more modern OS to replace Symbian, then-CEO Stephen Elop decided to go with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and jettisoned MeeGo, which later evolved into Jolla's Sailfish OS...

Jun 28, 2018, 9:02 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  6 comments
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featured Gone but not forgotten: a brief history of failed smartphone operating systems

We’ve taken some time to compile a short list of the most notable unsuccessful mobile platforms to celebrate the things they did right, despite their ultimate failure...

Feb 03, 2017, 5:52 AM,  by Kaloyan C. ,  69 comments
Mozilla will officially end support for Firefox OS in May

Firefox OS made a plucky effort to break the duopoly that is iOS and Android, but ultimately, came up short...

Feb 05, 2016, 10:12 AM,  by Ben R.,  26 comments
Farewell, Firefox OS! Mozilla will no longer offer Firefox OS devices through carriers

Get a handkerchief ready and prepare to wave goodbye to one of the underdogs on the mobile OS scene - Firefox OS. Unfortunately, Mozilla has just announced that it will no longer develop Firefox OS and offer Firefox OS-powered smartphones through carrier channels. The reason for the nixing of Firefox OS is, in Mozilla's own words, the sub-par user experience that the platform offered to the end user...

Dec 09, 2015, 4:33 AM,  by Peter K.,  10 comments
Mozilla's Firefox OS 2.5 can now be previewed on your Android phone

In a nutshell, the Firefox OS 2.5 preview is an Android launcher that comes with several bundled apps for calls, texts, emails, and such...

Nov 10, 2015, 11:39 PM,  by Mihai A.,  5 comments
Report: Tizen tops BlackBerry in Q3 to become the fourth largest mobile OS

Put away your books and clear your desk, it's time for a pop quiz. Can you name the four largest smartphone operating systems in order during the third quarter? Pencils down. Android is first, with iOS second and Windows Phone third. So which platform did you put in fourth place? If you wrote BlackBerry, you are...wrong. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung's home grown Tizen OS surpassed BlackBerry OS...

Nov 05, 2015, 11:35 AM,  by Alan F.,  35 comments

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Amazon may drop a 6-inch tablet at a $50 price point this fall

Amazon will reportedly début a $50 slate with a 6-inch display this fall as it looks to court those seeking basic tablet computing...

Sep 07, 2015, 6:54 PM,  by Ben R.,  6 comments
This app allows you to experience Firefox OS on almost any Android device, sort of

With Android and iOS dominating the mobile platform space, it's sometimes "convenient" to forget that they are just two of the bigger fish in a large pond, which is home to other, not-so-popular members of the same niche. Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, and Firefox are also battling for market share, and while the majority of smartphone user will hardly ever have the chance to give all of them a spin and take the good with the bad, Mozilla has recently made it easier for willing users to experience its Firefox OS. Sort of...

Jun 12, 2015, 5:53 AM,  by Peter K.,  7 comments
Mozilla ditches plans to launch a $25 smartphone, might bring Android apps to Firefox OS

Last year, Mozilla wanted to release a very cheap Firefox OS smartphone (only $25 unlocked), but the company is no longer pursuing this plan...

May 22, 2015, 5:39 PM,  by Florin T.,  10 comments
Android Lollipop vs Firefox OS vs Ubuntu Touch - interface comparison

We invite you to breeze through the slideshows and appreciate how different the three operating systems look and feel compared to stock Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. No, we won't trade the Google-y operating system we know and love for Firefox or Ubuntu yet. But we're all for the fresh perspectives and diversity Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch's creators are bringing to the smartphones that we've gotten so used to...

Mar 10, 2015, 7:37 AM,  by Luis D.,  15 comments
BlackBerry has 30% market share in Venezuela, trailing only Android's 39%

With a miniscule market share in most countries, BlackBerry usually doesn't show up on the radar. What you normally see is Android and iOS numbers one and two respectively. But in Venezuela, the top two spots belong to Android (39.2%) and BlackBerry (30.92%). This is possible because in the country, iOS has only 4.1% of the market, and the 'others' category accounts for 19.8%. The latter group consists largely of Firefox OS and Symbian users...

Feb 27, 2015, 8:59 AM,  by Alan F.,  63 comments
HTC may be testing Firefox OS on some of its phones

HTC is all about Android these days, but the company is reportedly also experimenting with Firefox OS - Mozilla's young smartphone platform...

Jan 28, 2015, 12:23 PM,  by Florin T.,  15 comments
5 cool smartphones that you've likely never heard of

Google, Samsung, LG, Sony, Apple, HTC... browse our news section, and the majority of stories are related to just these brands. Does that mean that the industry has nothing else to offer? Hell no. In fact, even we are constantly surprised to stumble upon new and not-so-new manufacturers that are comparably tiny, but are getting closer and closer to offering something really great...

Jan 23, 2015, 4:59 AM,  by Chris P.,  11 comments
Alcatel OneTouch announces its OS-agnostic smartphone line – the PIXI 3

Well, the New Year has just begun and we already have something interesting to look forward to – the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which will take place in Las Vegas, between the 6th and 9th of January. We expect some interesting smartphone announcements at the show, and while the mysterious silence from the major players that are going to be attending it is a bit unnerving, one smartphone manufacturer has decided to unveil the new products it will be showing at CES 2015, so you can stop by its booth knowing full well what you should expect to see.

Jan 02, 2015, 10:00 AM,  by Paul.K,  17 comments
New smartphone platforms expected to see sales increase in 2015

Newer smartphone platforms, such as Android One, FirefoxOS and Tizen, are expected to see an increase in sales for 2015. Sales will be driven by first time smartphone buyers seeking to replace a featurephone. Thanks to lower prices for smartphones in emerging markets, featurephones have been losing market share. And handsets powered by the newer platforms are usually entry-level models priced in the $50 to $100 range...

Dec 31, 2014, 12:18 AM,  by Alan F.,  5 comments
LG's transparent Firefox OS Fx0 phone gets caught on video

The LG-made Fx0 is a rare smartphone - not just because it's available only in Japan, but also because it's designed to let us see its guts...

Dec 29, 2014, 4:57 PM,  by Florin T.,  11 comments
The LG-made Firefox OS Fx0 phone is transparent and all kinds of geeky, but you can't get it

Earlier today, Japanese carrier KDDI announced the first Firefox OS-based smartphone in Japan – the LG-made Fx0...

Dec 23, 2014, 8:07 AM,  by Chris P.,  13 comments
Vsenn modular phones may allow Firefox or Ubuntu, not just Android

When you think of a customizable smartphone, you might think of a modular device like Google's Project Ara or its new competitor Vsenn, which allows you to easily upgrade hardware components; or, you might think of the software side of customization, like CyanogenMod, and alternative Android launchers. Rarely does the option to choose your own OS come up, but Vsenn wants that to be part of the conversation...

Dec 09, 2014, 10:49 AM,  by Michael H.,  6 comments
Shots fired: Mozilla's CTO says Google is as closed as Apple and Firefox OS is the only alternative

One of the few contenders in the field of smartphone operating systems, Mozilla's Firefox OS, is pretty far from being the third-largest mobile OS in the world (Windows Phone currently resides on this spot), yet it makes no bones about its largest competitor – iOS and Android. The current Chief Technology Officer at Mozilla, Andreas Gal, addressed both Cupertino and Mountain View and accused them of having a “complete lack of transparency”...

Nov 11, 2014, 8:20 AM,  by Peter K.,  36 comments
Mozilla introduces $33 smartphone in India

So just how much would you pay for a new smartphone? In India, Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox OS and browser, has partnered with Indian company Intex Technology to unveil a low priced handset, priced at the equivalent of $33 USD. The Intex Cloud FX is driven by the Firefox OS, has dual SIM slots and a 1GHz processor under the hood...

Aug 26, 2014, 8:55 AM,  by Alan F.,  8 comments
New ultra-cheap, $38 Firefox OS powered smartphone lands in India

One of Mozilla’s Firefox OS mobile platform partners, Spice, has introduced the Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1...

Aug 23, 2014, 7:19 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  36 comments
Firefox OS Flame reference device now shipping to developers

The Flame, Mozilla's Firefox OS reference device, is in the process of being shipped out to developers. That group includes Mozillians (individuals or groups that were involved in the Mozilla Project) or developers that bought the device when it went up for pre-orders in May. The handset comes with an unlocked bootloader and is also carrier unlocked...

Aug 16, 2014, 10:18 PM,  by Alan F.,  7 comments
Mozilla's Firefox OS officially launches in new territories, including India

Mozilla is currently offering Firefox OS smartphones in 15 countries around the world, and will enter new markets soon...

Jul 17, 2014, 10:00 AM,  by Florin T.,  15 comments
$50 Firefox phones to be launched in India

Last year, Mozilla launched their Firefox smartphones in Europe and Latin America. Since it was only able to cooperate with as many as 2 carriers in each country, the new kid on the block managed to sell the underwhelming amount of about a million devices.

Jul 15, 2014, 6:02 AM,  by Paul.K,  5 comments
featured 9 alternatives to Google Hangouts for conference calls and encrypted messaging

We've rounded up nine messaging apps that do SMS, chats, email, audio and video conferencing, and almost everything else in-between. Some of them offer complete functionality for the price of free, others have paid features, and there are some that give up certain features in exchange for extended privacy and data protection...

May 13, 2014, 9:34 AM,  by Luis D.,  8 comments
ZTE launches the Firefox OS-based Open C via eBay, starts selling the Blade L2 in Europe

The ZTE Open C costs $99.99, while the Android-based ZTE Blade L2 is sold for around $210. Both smartphones are offered unlocked...

May 08, 2014, 9:39 AM,  by Florin T.,  3 comments
Alleged FirefoxOS 2.0 screenshots show thoroughly revamped user interface

Chinese developers have leaked screenshots of Firefox OS 2.0, showing a thoroughly revamped look that's reminiscent of both Android (and the so-called Project Hera) and Apple's very successfull iOS 7. The latest available version of Firefox OS is 1.3...

Apr 09, 2014, 7:59 AM,  by Luis D.,  19 comments
featured poll Do you plan to switch to another smartphone OS this year?

Switching to a different smartphone OS is not uncommon, so we want to see how many users intend to do this in 2014...

Apr 02, 2014, 9:19 AM,  by Florin T.,  66 comments
Sony builds widget-type functionality in Firefox OS

Today, Sony submitted widget-like functionality for Firefox OS to be reviewed by the developer...

Mar 07, 2014, 8:43 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  6 comments
Smartphone growth already slowing down

Some of the new buzz words that got dropped a lot at MWC 2014 were, “growth markets.” Also known...

Mar 02, 2014, 9:23 PM,  by Maxwell R.,  13 comments
Video: Here's the Firefox OS-based $25 smartphone

A few days ago, we covered a deal that Mozilla Corp. made a deal with Chinese chip maker Spreadtrum to supply the chipsets for a phone that will cost a measly $25! You read that right, the subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation will charge you just $25 for a device that covers the basics of what we call a smartphone today. The folks over at Bloomberg managed to get some hands-on time with the device during MWC 2014, and we couldn't, in good conscience, let you miss out on this small miracle...

Feb 26, 2014, 3:19 AM,  by Chris P.,  11 comments
ZTE Open C hands-on: what does the Firefox say (about emerging markets)?

The Firefox OS-running ZTE Open C smartphone is the successor to last year's ZTE Open. The ZTE Open left a lot of room for improvement, both hardware and software-wise, so we were curious what ZTE's Firefox OS arm has been up to lately. Here are our early impressions...

Feb 25, 2014, 11:44 AM,  by Luis D.,  2 comments
ZTE wants to sell 1 million Firefox OS phones this year, Open C and Open II will be among them

ZTE will launch the Open C (which features a 4-inch WVGA display and a Snapdragon 200 CPU) in the second quarter of the year. The Open II should also be released soon..

Feb 24, 2014, 6:21 AM,  by Florin T.,  4 comments
Mozilla signs a deal to make the world’s cheapest smartphone: $25 Firefox OS device with 3.5” screen and HTML5 apps

Mozilla has signed a deal to make the world’s cheapest smartphone - a $25 Firefox OS device with a 3.5” screen and HTML5 web apps…

Feb 23, 2014, 10:38 AM,  by Victor H.,  9 comments
Alcatel OneTouch Fire S

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire S is a Firefox OS powered smartphone with a 1.2 GHz processor, LTE Connectivity, 4.5-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel main camera and NFC connectivity.

Feb 23, 2014, 9:00 AM
Alcatel OneTouch Fire E

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire E is a Firefox OS smartphone with a 4.5-inch qHD IPS screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 5-megapixel camera and a secondary VGA unit on the front.

Feb 23, 2014, 9:00 AM
Alcatel OneTouch Fire C

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire C is an entry level smartphone powered with Firefox OS 1.3, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a sports a 3.5-inch display.

Feb 23, 2014, 9:00 AM
Alcatel introduces the Firefox OS-powered Fire C, E, and S smartphones, along with the Fire 7 tablet

The engine is on, and the flood of news from MWC 2014 are already threatening to bury us. Alcatel is among the many handset makers in attendance at the expo, and it has quite some stuff to show. Apart from the new additions to its Android range, the Chinese TCL-owned subsidiary is introducing four new, Firefox OS-powered devices -- three entry- to mid-level smartphones, and the first tablet with the still nascent OS. We'll start with the most basic model and work our way up...

Feb 23, 2014, 9:00 AM,  by Chris P.,  3 comments
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