Rewind your brains back to Mobile World Congress 2013, and you might recall we got a sneak peek at the first Mozilla Firefox OS phones. They were unanimously hailed as laggy and ultimately unimpressive, though – to be fair – they aren’t exactly intended to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy flagships.
One of those phones – the ZTE Open – goes on sale in Spain today, and while the Firefox OS lag is reportedly still present, Mozilla has high hopes.
Attending a Mozilla event yesterday, The Verge says Firefox OS is “as unimpressive as ever”. Oh dear.
However, Brendan Eich, co-founder and CTO of Mozilla, was significantly more positive about the whole Firefox OS thing.
"We are not aiming high and trying to crash into Fortress Apple, into Fortress Google," explains Brendan.
Instead, Mozilla’s Firefox OS will focus on the low end, where Apple currently has zero presence (the iPhone 4 doesn’t quite qualify as “budget”). But what about Google’s Android?
There’s no shortage of cheap Android phones, sure, but Brendan reckons Google’s OS isn’t ideal at the lower end. Conversely, the latest version “wants a gig” of RAM. As for Firefox OS, it’s happy(ish) with 256MB.
Brendan & Co clearly think they’re onto something, but one of the key features of Key Lime Pie is expected to be compatibility with low-end phones. It’s a crucial area for Android, helping it secure its current position as the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.
Is there room at the bottom for Mozilla’s Firefox OS? Have your say below, chums.