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Mozilla introduces $33 smartphone in India

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Mozilla introduces $33 smartphone in India
So just how much would you pay for a new smartphone? 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. Available in India only, the Intex Cloud FX is driven by the Firefox OS, has dual SIM slots and a 1GHz processor under the hood.

Mozilla does have a group of phone buyers it is targeting with the device. The company would like to convert the first-time smartphone buyer, who might be clinging to a featurephone because of the higher costs of purchasing and operating a smartphone. Or the technology might seem daunting for someone who has never used an intelligent handset before.

So how did Mozilla build a smartphone that retails for the Indian equivalent of $33 USD? One important choice was the use of HTML5, which allows the phone to run with less memory consumption. Using HTML5 in the OS allows the device to run "lean". The Firefox OS is optimized to run best on just 128MB of RAM. And in India, 70% of phones that are employed by the public are featurephones, which obviously provides a pent-up demand for smartphones in the region

More than 1000 apps are available for the Intex Cloud FX, and if all goes well, we could see higher spec'd variants of the device down the road.

source: WSJ

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posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:10

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Android One vs Firefox OS.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 09:22 6

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Android One for sure.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 12:50

5. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Seeing as how bloated Firefox browser has become on the both the desktop and Android I'd have to agree. The browser still has memory leaks along with other bugs that have long been complained about. Let's see how smooth it'll run with just 128MB of RAM.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:57

7. saiki4116 (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

Especially in Linux, they have lot of memory leaks, open a flash video and close it, the memory it took is not released immediately, of course flash is a dinosaur

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:32

3. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Different market.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 11:45

4. rajasasuke (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)

Its amazing to see how techology grows especially in mobile industry.our generations had our hands on the mobile,tablet,phablet.. on our teen but future generations even hold the tablet in their kindergarden.

@india all is set in our country android one now mozilla,moto phones.w520 and chinese players mi3 and local players all play their part to reach techonolgy to even on rural areas..

only hurdles left is to introduce cheap internet plans and to increase broadband speed and the quality of service...it sucks

average broadband speed in india is 256kbs

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 15:27

6. domfonusr (Posts: 558; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

First Spice Mobile, now Intex... Mozilla needs to hit the emerging markets hard with $30 to $50 phones, or cheaper if possible. If this behavior brings the price of Android handsets down anywhere close to the same range, then things will be good. If this brings Windows Phone or BlackBerry handsets down in price, too, that will be even better.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 14:40

8. chuongster (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 May 2012)

I love mozilla. Keep it up

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