The Mobile World Congress was supposed to bring technology to the world, displaying all new advancements taking place in the smartphone market and not only, but it seems that the congress also houses some strange and weird devices like this one enhanced in the pictures below. I am talking about a cheap $25 device developed by Mozilla, which is the Firefox OS smartphone, with small screen and slow motion scroll apps, reminding us of the last decade`s “state-of-the-art phones”.
The phone has no important apps like WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter and other features resembling an Android or iOS device. As a matter of fact, the Firefox OS is not intended to compete with Android or iOS, being more oriented towards a cheap market area that would accept this low built-in apps and low-camera.
Mozilla chief Mitchell Baker said at a press conference at the Mobile World Conference that the phone is intended to make you aware of every dime you spend on high-end phones with great performance. Looking at “the richness and power we’re able to offer to this market, you’ll be astonished,” adds Mitchell.
But at a closer look, the phone might be ideal for third-world average people with no money to spend on expensive technology. You can actually install simple apps, search for contacts, play music, perform multi-tasking, or load web-pages with the low 2.5G Edge networks.
On the other hand and very important to state, the Mozilla will have to challenge some difficulties with its Firefox OS being launched in the low-end segment, as Android is slowly but surely bringing down this market, since it already offers great cheap handsets that can really provide faster browsing and acceptable memory for a proper running.
I for instance, I am looking forward for the phone to entering the market. Just out of curiosity, I will be able to spend a fair $25 to play with it and see what it can do.
Would you buy the phone if you didn’t have the money or would you rather use a base phone like Nokia Asha for instance? Don’t forget to write! Cheers!