Firefox OS powered smartphones minimum requirements revealed
Mozilla has finally talked about the minimum system requirements for smartphone manufacturers to use their upcoming Firefox (mobile) OS. Coming in at a modest 800MHz single-core processor with 256MB RAM and a 320x240 (QVGA) resolution, the Firefox OS is a far cry from the likes of Windows Phone 8 and Android Jelly Bean OS whose even mid-range phones are at least dual-core with twice the RAM and five times the resolution. Additionally the Firefox Marketplace and obviously the Firefox mobile browser will need to be a part of the open source OS for the Firefox branding to be placed on the smartphone, as reported by The Verge.
The recently announced Alcatel One Touch Fire with 1GHz processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB storage and 3.5-inch screen is the perfect example of the type of low-cost solution Mozilla is going for. Their primary target, it seems, are users from emerging markets who want a cheap smartphone, and for the mass market, it may well be that instead of Android powered devices, their first smartphone would be a Firefox OS device.
Firefox OS powered smartphones are expected to launch later this year, with mass availability of handsets from manufacturers like LG, Sony, Huawei in 2014.