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Firefox OS, first impressions

Firefox OS, first impressions

The Festival last weekend between the players was not a Firefox OS, the operating system based mobile website that spoke and Alan Lazalde my partner a couple of months ago. However, it does allow testing on multiple devices. And now I can tell you my first impressions and review it.

Devices where you could try Firefox OS were the Samsung Galaxy S II, a Nexus S, LG Optimus L3, and a tablet that difficult experience by having no home button or back. And Mozilla’s operating system is not yet implemented to survive without it, so it was perhaps the most tedious terminal, next to the unsatisfactory performance of the Optimus. It was in the other two smartphones, the Galaxy S II and the Nexus S, which could better appreciate and manage this new system that Mozilla wants to open a third way, beyond open systems or closed systems.

The first thing I noticed was that the interface is quite similar to Android, especially by the arrangement of the icons and home screens or application. Nothing that could not be seen in any of the running demo videos online. Nor does it seek to unseat Mozilla Jelly Bean, iOS 6 or Windows Phone 8 and its live tiles of the most colorful and most original design. Mozilla’s philosophy is to create an open system that addresses the fragmentation of applications written in a code specific to a particular platform. With the use of web applications, are fully democratized and paves the use of these for any device. And that is the path taken by Firefox OS, web-based system, the pride and the reason for the company based in Mountain View.

An opportunity and a danger to both. I mean, when testing it took a while, one of the developers of the booth asked me feedback, to transmit my experience with him. It was obvious that the system was still in alpha stage but was listed as beta (in Mozilla phases no alpha). Although you could open and use almost all applications, the transitions were slow, sometimes had to miss a few seconds between closing an application and to open another, or some of them are showing incorrect (occupying a piece of screen or were not fully usable). However, the Nexus S was best met where the system almost completely.

It is still in its infancy and officers, and start is always tough. But I foresee future OS Firefox. Not as a majority system, and probably not even exceed the numbers of Windows Phone, let alone those of iOS or Android. But it is not their intention (or should not be, to be realistic). Firefox OS has a very defined target audience: those who firmly believe, and deeds, not words, in free software. In applications universal functional cooperating on multiple platforms and are not limited to compete. Hardly snatch get hordes of other platform users, but has the challenge to raise awareness and be an attractive option for more and more users viewing concretized these ideas into something tangible that can meet your requirements.

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Firefox OS still has some way to go. One of my fears about him is that a JavaScript engine, instead of a CPU, capable of withstanding heavy processes, ie applications that make use of high system resources. Mozilla members got two answers. Whether one may be right, as denying the most and make sure to be Web processes, to take second place just consume resources. Still, it is unfair to permit a judgment to be released on the Web Device Open terminal created expressly for Firefox OS Movistar’s hand.

Free culture has a great opportunity with the advent of this system, which depend on the commitment of users who traditionally have defended the theoretical level. Some users are also taken into account in the design of new tools, an example is when the Twitter of Firefox made a call to the users so that they were the ones who sent photos that might be selected by default as wallpapers. The horizontality of the web, and now mobile platforms, level up with Mozilla. HTML, JavaScript and CSS are his weapons to break the cages of current operating systems (especially iOS and Windows Phone, Android much lesser extent), while contributing to security and stability, are a limitation to the possibilities for users and developers them.

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