What developers are saying about the Firefox phone
While the IT industry applauded the launch announcements for a Firefox Phone by ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, this week, developers have already been talking about how Mozilla's operating system and device effort will change the app world.
In a recent post on his personal blog, developer David Walsh drew attention to the announcement of a test device available for purchase from Geeksphone, which is using a Firefox OS Simulator that can be used to test apps. Walsh noted some major differences in the approach to apps taken by open source supporters Mozilla and the more traditional Apple and Google.
Of course, not everyone in the developer community has been excited by the news of an orange handset with its own platform. Since initial devices Keon and Peak were first released to developers, the reaction has been decidedly mixed.
You know what the mobile space REALLY needs? More companies releasing half-baked OS's on crappy, re-branded hardware. gizmodo.com/5977909/this-i…— Justin Gaynor (@justingaynor) January 22, 2013
The Firefox phone. Just 14 plugins away from it being better than Android.gizmodo.com/5977909/this-i…— Christopher Fonseka (@XmasRights) January 23, 2013
Why are Mozilla wasting their time and effort on a phone OS, whilst shitcanning the still-very-useful Thunderbird?: gizmodo.com/5977909/this-i…— Dave Reed (@bluescrn) January 24, 2013
Just installed Firefox Beta on phone & tablet. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best mobile browsing experience I've seen.— Matthew Smith (@smiffy) February 16, 2013
Where the developer community is more used to splashy product launches from the likes of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), Mozilla's more subtle introduction caught some off-guard.
Of course, it's probably worth remembering that it took a while for Firefox to gain a loyal following. Even before the phones and apps become widely available, there are signs that a conversion is well under way.
Is it wrong for an mainly-iOS developer to want to own a Firefox OS Keon phone? m.techcrunch.com/2013/01/22/fir…— Dave Birdsall (@pikuseru) February 16, 2013