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Comment Re:Choice in Firefox OS? (Score 1) 316 316

Do ZTE market phones in the US, like they do in Australia, where you can pick up an Android handset at the supermarket with your groceries? If so, contact the distributor - the Open C runs Firefox OS and there was a model update Open L rumoured in the pipeline back at the mobile conference a few months back.

Failing that, get a Nexus 4/5 and flash a nightly build. But if you just want to see the platform in action, you can load an emulator right in Firefox via the WebIDE menu item.

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 1) 316 316

Except that there's historical precedent with the European Union.

[I'm typing this on Firefox in Windows 10 Home!]

They should tread lightly as far as regulation. Another thing that I'm sure will cause authorities to froth at the mouth is the wifi sharing. ISP lobbyists mightn't like customers sharing. Of course the 3 letter agencies might actually enjoy it - catch one bad guy and you can track down all his friends via 7-degrees-of-BinLaden.

Comment Re:If you think Windows is bad (Score 1) 316 316

Well the whole point of Boot To Gecko is to, well, boot to gecko. When everything is a HTML5 document running inside a web engine atop a Linux kernel, the concept of a 'Browser' is meaningless. There is an icon on Firefox OS called Browser but it launches as just another app.

With a chunk of work could swap out Gecko for Blink and more or less you'd have Chromium OS.

Comment Re:Which is why you don't let this stuff connect.. (Score 1) 98 98

(1) I'm not sure on the specifics of phones/watches but in my country, one can claim as a tax deductibility a 'salary sacrifice' if equipment is used for work purposes. e.g. that $70/month shiny iPhone 6 plan might be subsidized by the government if you BYOD but maybe not if it's purely for personal use.

(2) I'm surprised hypervisors with dual SIM haven't caught on yet. i.e. you run your own personal stack as the host OS and work provides you with a secure encrypted image to load as the guest OS. That way they only have control of the virtualized environment which is remotely scrubbed on employment termination or theft.

Comment Re:A month with a Ubuntu phone (Score 4, Insightful) 118 118

Well I for one am content with a 'dumbphone'.

I have a desktop PC for my computing needs and the cloud services I need while in transit are adequately served by the web. If I'm restless on public transport I'll whip out my e-reader and read a chapter of a book rather than fiddling with an app.

Comment Re:A month with a Ubuntu phone (Score 1) 118 118

nice cartoon!

I'm still Google-OS free after nearly a year of Firefox OS.

The inbuilt email client mightn't be quite as slick as the Gmail app but it's way more usable than Google's mobile mail web page. Facebook feels lighter than the app on my old HTC. I use the web interface of the old reader since I never found an RSS reader on Android I was comfortable with. Here Maps from Nokia does the job, even if it's not Google.

A heavy app user would feel cheated, I guess. But I'm a cheapskate who never *purchased* a single app from Google Play and 90% of the time I am more than content with a dumb phone running on bleeding-edge Gecko, which is smoother than Android browsers on similar hardware.

That HTC runs Kitkat via cyanogenmod, which I've since donated to my 73yo mother. She finds Android heavy and confusing - her daughter-in-law thinks she'd be better off with a shiny new iPhone. As an experiment, we recently swapped handsets - she found Firefox OS cleaner and more intuitive and was reluctant to give it back after a week, except for the apps she'd be missing - mainly from MS (Office for viewing mail attachments and Skype)

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