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The first phones with Firefox OS are due to launch soon and though initially they were rumored for Latin America, the chances are they will launch in Europe at the same time.

How disruptive can they be? There are good reasons for saying: Very.

We are about to witness the smartphone market morph once more, not just under pressure from Firefox. See the summary here. This industry experiences constant systemic innovation.

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post #2 of 11
OH MA GAWD!!

Forbes just said FF OS is going to be the next Android or iOS, I'd better throw my Android phone out the window and go right after it.
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Competition is not a bad thing

I'm very interested to see how this turns out
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don't see how they can possibly compete against the saturated market of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry but they'll try.
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Sadly...FF OS, Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish, and any other FOSS OS or late comer to the game will fail...without massive marketing. Of course in non-US/EU/developed Asia countries they may have a chance. Not a big one...but a chance.
     
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don't see how they can possibly compete against the saturated market of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry but they'll try.

They'll likely win people like me over..I dislike Android because of the adds, I dislike iPhone because it's not proportional, I won't use anything windows, and I went through 6 BB's in 08 due to the track ball.

If Mozilla can get the OS on decent HW I'll buy
 
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post #7 of 11
As much as building an OS on a giant java stack doesn't make much sense, building it entirely in HTML5, with a low budget, and late to the game sounds even worse.
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post #8 of 11
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As much as building an OS on a giant java stack doesn't make much sense, building it entirely in HTML5, with a low budget, and late to the game sounds even worse.

This is why I'm looking forward to Ubuntu on phones, it can't be any slower or more inefficient than Dalvik. I just fear the same thing will happen that has happened with Win 8 and that's their ARM OS won't be able to run already existing Ubuntu programs. However, as long as developers are willing to support it it'll do just fine.
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post #9 of 11
Open standards bring in more developers...

...and less income, saturated crappy apps, no support, etc...
post #10 of 11
Not a big fan of this quote from the artice...
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Rick: Network operators have been largely marginalized in the mobile apps world, as the customer relationship for apps is generally between the customer and one of the two big app stores.

This means that operators can’t leverage one of their biggest assets, the billing relationship with the customer. Mozilla is pioneering payment APIs for the Web, which will appear first in Firefox OS, that allow network operators to play a role again.
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