Telefonica: Firefox OS ‘better’ than Android

Telefonica: Firefox OS ‘better’ than AndroidLast week, the folks at Mozilla were telling us that Firefox OS is expected to land in early 2013, and added that there’s already a ton of support for the HTML5-flavoured beast.

Included in the long list of networks and manufacturers is Telefonica, O2’s dad, and its CEO reckons Firefox OS is essentially ‘better’ than Google’s Android.

Speaking at the Telefonica Digital conference in London, bigwig Matthew Key issued a Firefox OS-related call to arms to other networks.

“The first [Firefox OS] handset cost is sub-$100 and will be launched before Q1 in Brazil. We can produce the same experience on Android cheaper, or a better experience at the same price.”

The Telefonica chaps went on to describe the frustrations with Android fragmentation – where updates to the latest version are concerned. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) hit 10% distribution just as Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) was announced.

Is there room for another smartphone OS? Matty Key is far from naïve. He concedes: “We don't underestimate the size of the task. There have been many new OSes started and most have them have failed.”

No word on a UK arrival date for Firefox OS just yet.

via: Pocket-lint

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 9, 2012 at 11:52

Sorry? We can produce the same experience on Android cheaper, or a better experience at the same price.
That means it's "better than Android"?
I'm confused now...

lcurdie / MOD  Jul. 9, 2012 at 12:03

It's not worded very well. What he means is: they can replicate a particular Android experience on Firefox OS, and it'd cost less. Or, for the same money, produce something better with Firefox OS.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 9, 2012 at 12:38

It's not worded very well. What he means is: they can replicate a particular Android experience on Firefox OS, and it'd cost less. Or, for the same money, produce something better with Firefox OS.

But will the public buy it? Years of 'more apps = more better, and there comees FirefOS without an email client, without 400,000 app.... I'd probably like it; but then, I'm using an N9 and Pre 3

jaybear88  Jul. 9, 2012 at 14:26

I can see a huge rise in HTML5 apps in the very near future though as browsers across all devices start to become more integraded. It might work out, but it won't "explode" onto the scene. Actually makes me want to bring up an old topic, why are we so determined to push towards HTML5 when it is still a, unfinalized, undeveloped, unsafe mess?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 9, 2012 at 14:32

I can see a huge rise in HTML5 apps in the very near future though as browsers across all devices start to become more integraded. It might work out, but it won't "explode" onto the scene. Actually makes me want to bring up an old topic, why are we so determined to push towards HTML5 when it is still a, unfinalized, undeveloped, unsafe mess?

It'll depend on hardware, too. The phones will heavily rely on web apps. How 'attractive' will the screens make the experience? Useful hardware buttons? etc etc...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 9, 2012 at 14:49

Is that cheaper than Android before or after Apple and M$ sue them for everything they've got and force them to sign expensive licencing deals to even sell FFOS devices?

jaybear88  Jul. 9, 2012 at 17:01

^^^ I wish you weren't right Matt. I really do.

Pondlife  Jul. 10, 2012 at 22:12

Actually makes me want to bring up an old topic, why are we so determined to push towards HTML5 when it is still a, unfinalized, undeveloped, unsafe mess?

Thought only Apple were dead set on that and everyone else just got dragged along.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2012 at 08:52

Actually makes me want to bring up an old topic, why are we so determined to push towards HTML5 when it is still a, unfinalized, undeveloped, unsafe mess?

Thought only Apple were dead set on that and everyone else just got dragged along.

Nonsense. Sorry. But it is. :p Adobe and its little monopolist BFF Microsoft were dead set on Flash!

jaybear88  Jul. 11, 2012 at 09:34

The HTML5 standard has just reached "draft" form, 5 years late. The editor of it estimates it will be ready in 2022, yet we are now going to start using it on platforms that hold our credit card details...... Sounds like a great idea...... :|

Pondlife  Jul. 11, 2012 at 11:28

Actually makes me want to bring up an old topic, why are we so determined to push towards HTML5 when it is still a, unfinalized, undeveloped, unsafe mess?

Thought only Apple were dead set on that and everyone else just got dragged along.

Nonsense. Sorry. But it is. :p Adobe and its little monopolist BFF Microsoft were dead set on Flash!


Which disagrees with what I put how? WP7 doesn't even have flash does it for that matter?

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