Version 1.1 of Mozilla’s web-centric smartphone platform adds major features such as push notifications and browser downloads. But will this be enough to see signed-up manufacturers such as Huawei and LG actually produce Firefox OS phones?
It’s a common mistake: you mean to put a bunch of email recipients in the “bcc” field to hide their identity from other recipients, but instead you put them in the “cc” field. Oops — particularly when you’re ZTE trying to survey buyers of your Firefox OS phone. According to multiple people on Twitter, the Chinese handset maker managed on Friday to out the identities of hundreds of customers in this fashion. Hilariously, the email includes the line: “As always, we treat the issue of privacy with utmost seriousness — any personal information you have supplied us will remain confidential.”
Web apps that surface through the handset’s centralized search function and don’t require installation for use? That’s a great idea, and it sounds awfully familiar…
The ZTE Open, one of the very first Firefox OS smartphones, will soon be available around the world once the Chinese manufacturer starts selling directly to consumers through eBay.
T-Mobile USA said it will join Verizon Wireless and 10 overseas carriers as part of the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group. If a few of those operators choose to push the platform aggressively, Canonical could break away from the pack of also-rans.
The Peak+ ups the specs on the original Peak by doubling the RAM, improving battery and graphics performance and bringing in higher-end construction. This could help developers address the market for mid-range Firefox OS handsets.
The Spanish handset manufacturer, which was the first to offer developers Firefox OS handsets to play around with ahead of the platform’s commercial launch, is already preparing a souped-up version of its Peak device for “end users”.
Deutsche Telekom will bring Alcatel’s One Touch Fire device to Germany in a few months’ time. This is the most mature market yet to be confirmed for a Firefox OS device launch.
The first commercial Firefox OS handset, the ZTE Open, will become available to Spanish consumers on Tuesday. The question now is whether operators’ stated support will materialize as promised.
Developers this week quickly snapped up the first two Firefox OS smartphones to hit the market. And there are some other reasons to believe Mozilla’s new platform could have a big impact on the over the next few years.