Different CEO, different ideas.
While companies like Nokia are gaining popularity in the US due to their $80-99 no contract phone(s) (Lumia 520, 521), it looks like Mozilla has decided to take a different route and focus on developing markets.
Even though Mozilla’s previous CEO, Gary Kovacs, has confirmed that Firefox OS phones will be coming to US (Sprint network) in 2014, this appears to be no longer a case. According to Mitchell Baker, the open source organization has no more plans to launch phones in the US.
Software over hardware?
It looks like Mozilla wants to get into the screen mirroring game. As see in the blurry photo posted by a claimed insider, Mark Finkle, the open source organization appears to have developed some sort of mirroring technology that (among other Android devices) works between a Roku box and Nexus 4.
In case you are using a touch based web browser, then we have some good and bad news for you. The good news: Internet Explorer 11 is coming with Windows 8.1 (which is free). The bad news? It looks like Mozilla has postponed the launch of Firefox for Metro UI until late January, 2014.
However, there are more good news at the end of the tunnel. Even though the final Windows 8 version is not coming anytime soon, Firefox 26 will include a “Preview Release”, which should work just fine.
If you thought that Firefox OS for Mozilla was just a mere hobby, then could change your mind as the open source organization has just revealed a super aggressive release schedule, which is miles ahead its competitors, at least in terms of general availability cycles.
From now on, Firefox OS will receive quarterly feature updates and six weekly security updates for the previous two feature releases.
While 1.1.0 update required manual flashing, it remains to be seen whether or not Mozilla will be able to bypass carriers and push updates automatically over the air to all of its users. Otherwise, get ready for the far worse fragmentation than there currently is on Android.
During today’s WPC 2013 Event, Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft, boasted about their achievements in the security department and compared the number of vulnerabilities versus Google and Mozilla.
The slide above is pretty self explanatory but if you are wondering where they got these statistics from, it’s from Secunia’s Vulnerability Review 2013 report, which can be requested in the following page.
For the mobile OS that is yet to be launched, it looks like Mozilla’s Firefox OS was received pretty enthusiastically in the developer community. As it turns outs, 25% of all mobile developers have expressed their interest in Firefox OS, beating BlackBerry and Tizen devices.
In addition to that, the survey also shows a 35% interest in the HTML mobile apps, which is exactly what Mozilla is gambling on.
And this is what it looks like in a visual format:
Shadows will remain.
Now here is something uneventful yet still very worth mentioning: a new Firefox logo, which was designed with mobile in mind.
How so? According to Mozilla, it was optimized to look crisper and cleaner on devices with small screens yet would still scale really well on high resolution displays (such as qHD resolution Windows 8.1 ultrabooks and tablets).
If you are hungry for some answers (and PR fluff), guys at Engadget did a pretty good interview with Johnathan Nightingale, the VP of Firefox Engineering, asking about Internet Explorer (and Google Chrome) dominance, mobile gaming, WebRTC and much more.
Check it out.
June 3rd is the day.
Now here’s an interesting rumor for you. In order to “diversify its client base away from Apple”, Hon Hai (also known as Foxconn) is teaming up with Mozilla to reveal “a new device” (which is likely to be a tablet) as soon as next week.
While details remain vague, we can only speculate that it’s likely to be a low end tablet aimed to compete with cheap Android devices rather than the premium products like Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad. Nonetheless, we are pretty excited to see the hardware assuming this rumor is true.