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Painfully obvious truths

Painfully obvious truths

Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:05 UTC (Tue) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
In reply to: Painfully obvious truths by man_ls
Parent article: Mozilla announces 18 carriers supporting Firefox OS

They have a clear advantage over Android: less layers on top of the hardware, and technology moves so fast that it is always working for the low end scavengers (i.e.: a €200 phone can do more today than a €600 phone two years ago).

It's clear, but diminishing advantage. Every year memory becomes cheaper and cheaper and other components (screen, battery, etc) are kept on the same level. Cheapest Android 4.0 phones (and Android 4.0 is more resource-hungry then Android 2.x) are well below $100 unsubsidized already. How much down can Firefox OS push the envelope? How much will it matter?


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Painfully obvious truths

Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:36 UTC (Tue) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

Less than $100 with Android 4.0? I have not found any, all those sub-$100 phones run 2.3.

Which points to another issue with Android (and potentially its worst nightmare): the enormous fragmentation caused by manufacturers still shipping 2.3. Right now 2.x has more than 45% share to this day, when 4.0 was launched more than a year ago. It is much easier for Firefox OS to compete against 2.3 than against the latest and greatest 4.2!

Painfully obvious truths

Posted Feb 26, 2013 10:52 UTC (Tue) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

Less than $100 with Android 4.0? I have not found any, all those sub-$100 phones run 2.3.

Really?. Here is the first link, here is the second

It is much easier for Firefox OS to compete against 2.3 than against the latest and greatest 4.2!

Well, if FirefoxOS will reach shops in the second part of the 2013 it'll be competing against Android 4.2, not against Android 2.3. Of course most likely Android 4.2 will not be "latest and greatest" by then.

Painfully obvious truths

Posted Feb 26, 2013 14:09 UTC (Tue) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

OK, let me restate: I have not found any sub-$100 phones on Amazon or local retailers, and I am not willing to risk buying a cheap unbranded phone direct from China. (Although I hear that some of those sub-€100 tablets are not bad at all.) In this (admittedly exquisite) of branded, guaranteed category there are no 4.0 ICS phones yet.

The segmentation problem means that in Q4 2013 there will be almost as many Android 2.3 phones on sale as there are now, and that is a real pity. Just look at this chart and extrapolate: Android version renewal is getting slower as time goes by, not faster.

Painfully obvious truths

Posted Feb 26, 2013 15:23 UTC (Tue) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

I've seen sub-$100 Android phones in CVS and Safeway in the US. Near stands with various phone cards.


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