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Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3 announced, with Android, Windows Phone and Firefox compatibility

Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is set to kickoff in Las Vegas on January 6th and promises a look at things we can look forward to in 2015. It looks like Alcatel has a few interesting things in store for us including a smartwatch and an OS-independent smartphone.

Mozilla Flame

Mozilla Flame (front)Mozilla Flame (rear)

The Mozilla Flame is a smartphone manufactured by Alcatel which runs Firefox OS. Its specs include a 4.5 inch touch display, 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2MP front camera for video calls and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM.

The Flame is a developer reference device, to help developers to test and evaluate their content before releasing it to the public. 

The full Mozilla Flame specifications follow:

Flame with Firefox OS now available to developers

Mozilla Flame

is a Firefox OS reference device from Alcatel, which is meant to help developers test out their content on Firefox OS and make sure the apps they write will work on the OS. The device is now being shipped out to Mozillians (individuals or groups that were involved in the Mozilla Project) or developers that bought the device when it went up for pre-orders in May.

The Flame features a 4.5 inch touch display with a 480 by 854 pixel resolution, 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, a 1800mAh battery, dual SIM functionality, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with RAM which can be adjusted between 256MB and 1GB. The Flame comes with an unlocked bootloader and is carrier unlocked, and it also features quad-band GSM+UMTS support so you should be able to use in wherever you live.

The device is available for purchase through, for $170 which includes global shipping. However keep in mind that you may have to pay additional custom fees depending on your country.

Mozilla has also released a series of videos which cover an Introduction to the Flame device, Settings it up, Changing the RAM, Flashing a new Firefox OS image. You can check them out in the following slideshow or by following the source link below.

source - Mozilla | MobileSyrup

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Firefox phones costing $50 to launch in India

Firefox phones

Last year we saw Firefox OS powered smartphones launched in Europe and Latin America. Since it was only able to cooperate with as many as two carriers in each country, the platform has only managed to sell an underwhelming one million devices. Now Mozilla wants to expand their Firefox OS platform to the Indian market.

Starting this July, we can expect a range of inexpensive Firefox OS devices to be launched in India, priced at around $50. To reach such competitive price tags, Mozilla has partnered with entry-level chip developer Spreadtrum Communications and a number of designers and manufacturers, achieving the cost of $25 per smartphone produced. This time around, they are backed by 10 hardware makers and more than 20 carriers. With that in mind, the goal Mozilla has set for itself is 10 million devices sold by the end of next year.

In addition to smartphones, Firefox OS is about to inhabit tablets, developed by Foxconn Electronics and VIA Technologies, and some of Panasonic's own Smart TVs.

source - DigiTimes

Mozilla's Chrome-cast like streaming stick based on Firefox OS demonstrated on video

Mozilla Firefox OS streaming stick

We recently told you that Microsoft may be planning to release its own Surface-branded Miracast dongle to challenge the Google Chromecast. However it looks like Mozilla already has one of its own in the works based on Firefox OS, which even connects with Chromcast enabled apps out of the box.

The home screen interface of the Mozilla streamer looks quite a lot like the Chromecast, with the substitution of "Fling" for "Cast" as the operative verb. Apps that can connect to Chromecast will see the Mozilla stick as a casting target, and most of them allegedly work as intended. The video only shows YouTube playback, but the interface is oddly complex for a device with no remote control. It should also be able to mirror tabs from Firefox browsers.

It is not known who Mozilla is teaming with to manufacture the streaming stick, but we should learn more about this device in a few weeks. If it actually does work correctly with Chromecast apps, the Firefox OS streaming stick will make a great alternative to the Chromecast -- the device will have open source software with an open bootloader. Though, pricing will probably be the determining factor.

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ZTE Open C with Firefox OS now officially available through eBay

ZTE Open C with Firefox OS

The ZTE Open C which was first announced at MWC 2014 in February is now available for purchase through eBay. This affordable smartphone, which is powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS is available through ZTE's eBay stores in US, UK, Germany, Russia, and "more than 20 other European countries".

The ZTE Open C costs $99.99 (€84.99 / £69.99) and comes with the latest version of Firefox OS. According to Mozilla, the new version brings enhanced scrolling performance, faster app startup times, support for email notifications and POP3, continuous autofocus for the camera, and other improvements.

The Open C features a 4 inch touch display with a 480 x 800 pixels, 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, HSDPA connectivity, 3MP rear camera, a 1400 mAh battery and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor with 512MB of RAM.

You can purchase the ZTE Open C from eBay using some of the following links:

source - Business Wire

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Mozilla plans to bring a $25 Firefox OS phone

Smartphones have gotten cheaper and faster, but it’s still hard to find many smartphones under $100, and there are almost none under $50. Mozilla, the company behind the popular browser and the Firefox OS, wants to change this and has signed a partnership to make the world’s cheapest smartphone, a $25 Firefox OS smartphone.

The $25 smartphone is expected to feature up to a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels (by the way, this is the exact size and resolution that the iPhone 3GS had), integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and a camera function. It will also support a traditional phone and browser apps that come with Firefox OS, and will have access to an ecosystem of web and HTML5 apps. The reference design also includes a basic, 2-megapixel rear camera. The plan is for this to be a much more feature-packed offering than dirt-cheap feature phones that are traditionally sold at similar prices.

A Mozilla reference phone that ultimately will hit the market as a $25 device for customers
who don't have the funds for higher-end phones.
In order to make all this possible, Mozilla signed a deal with Chinese fabless chip maker Spreadtrum to use its just-unveiled SC8621 silicon. The chip is well integrated to optimize for cost as much as possible, and this kind of $25 smartphones are what it aims for.

Mozilla and Spreadtrum have also done the work on integrating Firefox OS with SC6821 and SC7710 WCDMA smartphone chipsets, and will soon complete a turnkey reference design for the SC7715, a chip with integrated connectivity.

Right now, Firefox OS is on three devices offered on four carriers and covering 15 markets. In 2014, Mozilla hopes to further expand into Latin America and Deutsche Telekom will offer its Firefox OS phones in new European markets.

source - CNET

Alcatel announces three Firefox OS phones and the Fire 7 tablet

Alcatel OneTouch
Alcatel is one of the many handset manufacturers in attendance at the MWC this year and they have some great devices to show us. Along with a new Android range, the Chinese TCL-owned subsidiary is introducing four new, Firefox OS-powered devices. Three of them are mid-level smartphones, and the first tablet with to run Firefox OS.

The most affordable of the lineup will be the Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, which is the successor to the OneTouch Fire. The device features a 3.5 inch touch display, 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 0.3 megapixel rear camera, HSPA+ connectivity, a 1300 mAh battery, FM radio and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM.

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire E features a 4.5 inch IPS touch display with a 540 by 960 pixel resolution, 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 0.3 megapixel front camera, FM radio, HSPA+ download speeds as much as 42Mbps, a 1700 mAh battery and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM.

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire S is the best out of the three smartphones which comes with a 4.5 inch touch display, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The device is expected to have 1GB of RAM though Alcatel has not specified it.

Both the OneTouch Fire E and the Fire S are aimed at "design-conscious" consumers who "want premium features without the price tag". Both devices come in what has become a signature Alcatel design, which does not disappoint.

And last, but not least, we have the first Firefox OS tablet - the Alcatel OneTouch Fire 7. The Fire 7 is unlikely to hit the shelves anytime soon as it was displayed as a "concept" device with specs aimed to appeal to the "mass market". The Alcatel Fire 7 will feature a 7 inch display with a 540 by 960 pixel resolution, two VGA cameras and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Alcatel hasn't shared any product images of the Fire 7, but  the device is expected to weigh 10.1 oz (285 g), with a thickness of 0.39'' (9.9 mm).

We're unaware exactly where Alcatel is planning to introduce these new reinforcements to Mozilla's mobile platform, though such devices have a penchant for ending up in emerging markets.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire E

Alcatel OneTouch Fire E

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire E is a Firefox OS smartphone which features a 4.5 inch touch display, 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 0.3 megapixel front camera and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM.

The full Alcatel OneTouch Fire E specifications follow:

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire C is a Firefox OS smartphone which features a 3.5 inch touch display, 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 0.3 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM

The full Alcatel OneTouch Fire C specifications follow:

Alcatel OneTouch Fire S

Alcatel OneTouch Fire S

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire S is a Firefox OS smartphone which features a 4.5 inch touch display, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

The full Alcatel OneTouch Fire S specifications follow:


Revolution by Geekphone

The Revolution is a multiOS smartphone designed by Geekphone which runs both Android and Firefox OS. The device features a 4.7 inch touch display, 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera and a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor with 1GB of RAM.

The full Revolution specifications follow:

LG Fireweb

The LG Fireweb is a smartphone which runs Mozilla's Firefox OS. The device features a 4 inch display, 4GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor.

The full LG Fireweb specifications follow:

LG Fireweb announced as company's first Firefox OS device

Firefox OS by Mozilla is a standalone platform based on the philosophy of open web, meaning no proprietary tech or software. The platform represents one of very few alternative mobile OSes that are actually commercially available in some parts of the world. LG has come forward to support this platform alongside manufacturers like Alcatel, Huawei and ZTE and have released their first device in the form of the LG Fireweb.

The LG Fireweb doesn't expect to overwhelm you as it is clearly aimed at developing markets. The device features a 4 inch touch display with a 480 by 320 pixel resolution, 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 5 megapixel camera which comes with LED flash and autofocus and a 1GHz Qualcomm processor.

The LG Fireweb will be initially sold through Telefonica's Vivo Brazil for about $207 for pay-as-you-go customers and $59 on a regular subscription. The carrier has also announced that it'll be launching Firefox OS devices in other nearby markets, including Peru, Uruguay and Mexico.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire officially announced with Firefox OS, coming this summer

The Alcatel OneTouch Fire has been officially announced and is set for its first commercial launch in Europe and Latin America this summer. The One Touch Fire is an entry level Firefox OS smartphone which features a 3.5 inch display with a 320 by 480 pixel resolution, a 3.2 megapixel camera without flash which is capable of capturing VGA quality video at 30fps, FM radio, 512MB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD and is powered by a 1GHz MSM 7227 processor. While these may not match some of the top smartphones, the likely affordability should be warmly welcome in emerging markets.

Despite its small size the handset has a 1400mAh battery which Alcatel claims up to 6.7 hours of talk-time on 2G and around 3 hours on 3G. The handset will be available in a range of colors including Mozilla Orange, Apple Green or Pure White.

Unfortunately Alcatel hasn't deemed it necessary to reveal the pricing or exact release dates at this time, nor have the announced which market will be the first to get the device. With an established line-up of Android powered smartphones, the manufacturer was the first to announce its support for the new Firefox mobile operating system and we are excited to see how this and other Firefox OS devices fair against other platforms in the market.

source - Alcatel

HTC HD2 receives Firefox OS port

The HTC HD2 was first launched back in 2009, with Windows Mobile and carried a 4.3 inch screen that was exceptionally large for the time. Over the last four years, developers have been able to hack the phone to run on Android 4.1, Windows Phone 8, Ubuntu and even Windows RT, despite the outdated specs inside the handset, Now, developers have managed to port Firefox OS onto the device

The port is still far from perfect with the SIM not being detected, and with problems popping up with the camera, low volume, resolution and with mass storage. The developer says that he is working on a bug free version of the OS.

If you still own the HTC HD2 and want to see how the Firefox OS looks on the device, click on the source link below.

source - XDA

Sony Xperia E receives experimental Firefox OS ROM

Sony has announced that they are considering launching a Firefox OS phone next year and have released an experimental ROM for the Sony Xperia E, so that app developers and enthusiasts can test the platform and give Sony some valuable feedback. The reason behind choosing the Xperia E as the test subject is simple.

Firefox OS has been built with low end smartphones in mind and the Xperia E has the same specs offered by the ZTE Open and the Alcatel One Touch Fire, the first two Firefox OS devices which were announced at the MWC.

Keep in mind that the ROM isn't recommended for daily user. There is no wireless connectivity of any kind and the touchscreen and microSD card don’t operate as expected. So it’s a good idea to avoid installing it on your device if you are using it as your primary phone. The device should also meet the following requirements in order to install the ROM.
  • Must have an unlocked bootloader.
  • Device must be unlocked. It is not recommended that you install this ROM on devices that are locked by carriers.
  • You must have experience with flashing your device and installing custom ROMs.

If you have an Xperia E which you can spare and would like to test out the Firefox OS ROM on your device. The step-by-step instructions on how to flash Firefox OS on your Xperia E are as follows
  1. Unlock your Xperia E boot loader using the Sony unlock boot loader service.
    [NOTE] Once you have unlocked your device, you wont be eligible to receive official software updates from Sony.
  2. Download and install the flash tool for Xperia.
  3. Start the flash tool and connect your device as described in the flash tool instructions.
    • Once you have connected your device, Firefox OS software will be available to flash.
    • You will also find the standard Android software, which you can flash back to when you want.
You can find more information on the Sony Developer Blog. You will also find information on the architecture of Firefox OS and how you can start developing apps for the platform.

Have you tried out Firefox OS on your Sony Xperia E ? Leave us a comment with your thoughts below.


Alcatel One Touch Fire - Hands On Video

The Alcatel One Touch Fire is one of first lineup of smartphones to run Firefox OS. The platform is definitely tailored to first-time smartphone owners and offers a refreshing alternative to the back and forth battle between Android and iOS.

The handset doesn’t boast excessive hardware with a 3.5 inch  touch display, 512 MB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 3.2 megapixel camera and is powered by a 1 GHz processor with 256 MB of RAM. But it has the power it needs to run the HMTL-5 based Firefox OS with ease.

The interface makes it easy to quickly locate contacts, apps, texts or media and you will have access to the Firefox browser which is an extension to its desktop counterpart and even includes its extensions you know and love.

source – PhoneArena

Mozilla Firefox OS - Video Demo

Firefox-OSMozilla’s CEO Gary Kovacs recently revealed that their HTML5 based Firefox OS devices will be available in the U.S. sometime in 2014. This year it will be arriving in countries like Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela with additional markets expected to be announced soon. The devices will be manufactured by LG, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel and will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Mozilla has released a video which demonstrates some of the interesting features of Firefox OS, including the ability to search for movies on the device, which displays a list of movie-related apps like Fandango and IMDB.

Firefox OS, which is an open source platform like Android and will attempt to make a name for itself in regions which aren't dominated by Android or iOS before it become more vastly available.
"Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to mobile users everywhere. With the support of our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the diverse needs of the next two billion people online."-Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla
Until now 17 carriers have agreed to carry Firefox OS devices including Sprint in the United States. The list of carriers include America Movil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom.

sourceMozilla (YouTube) | CNW

Mozilla CEO expects Firefox OS devices for US by 2014

Firefox-OSMozilla CEO Gary Kovacs recently revealed his company’s partnership with LG and other prominent device manufacturers, to introduce Firefox OS based devices. During a Q&A session he also revealed that the company expected the first Firefox devices to come to the United States “somewhere in the 2014 time-frame”.

The first wave of Firefox OS devices are expected to arrive around the Summer of this year in Europe and its clear that the company wants to launch their product in areas which haven't been overwhelmed by Android and iOS devices. Firefox OS devices will offer entry level smartphones powered by HTML5 technology and will be a great option for those who aren't willing to spend the premium rates for a smartphone experience.

While the carriers which will be attached to bringing Firefox OS to the U.S. weren't revealed, its likely that Sprint, which was in attendance at the event may be the likely choice.

sourceThe Verge

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