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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Firefox OS Introduced in ZTE Open - Reviews and Specifications

Firefox OS Introduced in ZTE Open - Reviews and Specifications


Firefox OS is getting huge praise with every passing day all because of the developer’s efforts who are working efficiently to deliver the best product to their customer. Firefox is Linux based operating system which is open source program developed for smartphones and tablets by Mozilla, well-known for its Firefox Web Browser.

Firefox OS
Firefox OS

In July, Mozilla announced the launch of its Firefox OS in the smartphones for the customers who are not willing to pay high amount for their latest Android or iOS smartphones. At Mozilla’s office in San Francisco, Brendan Eich, Mozilla’s chief technology officer presented ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire. He said both the phones will run finalized build version of Firefox OS. He added that ZTE Open will be available at only €70 ($80) including €30 ($40) credit for prepaid users, without any contract to allow customers to use on any mobile network and it will be sold on ZTE store on eBay in both US and UK. The phone will also be offered with 4 GB microSD card. If you wish to get it with 2 year contract, it will cost you €2.38/month.

Alcatel One Touch Fire and ZTE Open
Alcatel One Touch Fire and ZTE Open

Presently ZTE One is available in Spain launched by Telefónica, Columbia and Venezuela. Brendan Eich also said that both phones will be soon available in Poland.

User Interface


Firefox OS offers simple user interface similar to Android and iOS like app icons residing in a row on home screen and basic apps like dialer, messaging, web browser resides at the bottom. Like Play Store in Android, Firefox OS will have Firefox Marketplace to get apps like AOL, Twitter, Flickr, Airbnb, eBay, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and much more.

Firefox OS - User Interface
Firefox OS - User Interface


ZTE Open - Reviews and Specifications


ZTE Open has Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon 1.0 GHz Cortex A5 processor integrated with Adreno 200 GPU. It has 256 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM and an expandable memory up to 32 GB. It has 3.5 inches of TFT Capacitive touch screen with pixel density of ~165 ppi supporting 320 x 480 pixels. In camera, it has primary of 3.15 MP having 2048 x 1536 pixels but no secondary camera. It will be integrated with social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter and also location based services like Nokia HERE which include the maps of traffic information. When you swipe to right on Home screen, it will ask you to search an item and phone will act according to your requirement on that search. Suppose you search for an artist, the Firefox will show results such as to buy songs, watch its video or listen immediately without having to download or install any additional apps. For longer use, it has removable 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery.

ZTE Open
ZTE Open

In the Market


Both the phones were checked and it was observed that performance is quite good but still user interface lags much while scrolling down the web pages. Websites take a moment to load also when connecting over Wi-Fi. But still if you are getting it for €70, I don’t think it is a bad choice. Yet Company hasn’t declared exact date of its release.

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