Mozilla’s £15 Firefox OS phone could take the developing world by storm
Mozilla’s Firefox OS might not be making huge waves in the developed world, but it could be the platform that helps spread smartphone use through emerging markets – a place hitherto ruled by cheap feature phones made by the likes of Nokia.
Key could be the Flame, a handset that costs next to nothing yet features all the traits of a smartphone: Firefox OS, a dual-core Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC and a 4.5in touchscreen (with an 845 x 480 resolution). It can run a selection of HTML5 apps and will cost US$25 (£15).
Mozilla suggests that people think of the Flame as a more powerful feature phone than a full-on smartphone, but as Firefox OS expands there’ll be access to more and more apps. The rock bottom price should also force competitors like Nokia (which just launched a trio of cheapish Android phones that seem destined for developing markets) to lower their own prices.
Ex Nokia boss Stephen Elop heading up Microsoft’s Xbox division
Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will soon be ruling over Microsoft’s Xbox division, it was today revealed.
Julie Larson-Green, who has been in charge of Xbox as head of the Devices and Studios Group since Don Mattrick left Microsoft seven months ago, announced in a leaked internal memo that she will be moving to the company’s My Life & Work team and that Elop (who worked for Microsoft before becoming Nokia CEO) will be taking over as part of the transition from Nokia.