Sprint to Support Mozilla's 'Firefox OS'
Updated: added details
Mozilla today relaunched its Boot to Gecko platform as Firefox OS, and also said it has the support of Sprint in the U.S. and Deutsche Telekom in other markets. Firefox is an open mobile platform based on Linux and HTML5. It will use the web standards to run "apps" in lieu of a traditional operating system. Mozilla said that the goal of Firefox OS is not to take on the high-end of the smartphone market, but instead to target entry-level devices. For example, Firefox OS devices might cost $50, compared to today's $200 smartphones. It will be given to manufacturers/carriers for free, whereas Microsoft charges licensing fees for its mobile platform. Mozilla has signed on manufacturing partners ZTE and TCL Communication Technology (a.k.a, Alcatel), both of which have committed to launching Firefox OS devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors by early 2013. Sprint, Mozilla, and others see Firefox OS as a competitor to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Hands On with the LG Fx0 See-Through Firefox Phone
The first high-end phone with the Firefox OS recently went on sale in Japan, and it's a thoroughly unique phone. Most obviously, it sports a gold-tinted case that's completely transparent.
Inexpensive ZTE Prestige 2 Hits Boost and Virgin Mobile
Sprint's prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile today launched the ZTE Prestige 2, an entry-level Android handset. The Prestige 2 has a 5-inch FWVGA display and it is powered by a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
ZTE Max XL Packs 6-Inch Full HD Screen for $130
ZTE today announced the Max XL, a big-screened Android smartphone headed to Boost Mobile. The Max XL's defining features are the 6-inch full HD display and massive 3,990mAh battery.