Mozilla and Telefónica have announced a phone running Firefox OS this morning - the ZTE Open. It will cost $69.
Mozilla, as usual, promotes the open nature of its OS along with the fact that it is powered by web technologies:
I honestly don't get it:
- As a user, why should I care that my phone is using web technologies? What is the benefit for me?
- This is the main argument that I have heard about FirefoxOS. Not that it is fast, features-rich or with a huge ecosystem. Just that the OS was built with web technologies. Once again, why should I care ? It's a technical detail, not something that has any value for a consumer.
I would like to be wrong, but I don't expect much and I don't see the value of Firefox OS, especially against its main competitor — Android. There are Android phones that are cheaper AND with Google Play.
I agree with Benedict Evans:
When I hear people say how great Firefox OS is, they talk about operators, OEMs, litigation... and sometimes remember to mention users— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) July 1, 2013
Everyone agrees that the web is the future and apps are a dead end. The only people who disagree are the actual, you know, users.— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) July 1, 2013