Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Alcatel One Touch Fire is the first Firefox OS based phone, announced last year at MWC 2013. It has been released with Firefox 1.1 as default, and has the following hardware specs: 1Ghz Single Core processor, 256 MB of RAM, 512 MB of internal memory but expandable via microSD, 3.15 MPX camera, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and bluetooth.
The developers have recently announced that Alcatel One Touch Fire won’t get Firefox OS 1.2.
The initial plan was to make Firefox OS 1.2 available for Alcatel One Touch Fire via OTA (Over The Air) updates, but the developers have dropped this idea (or at least for do moment) in order to work at the new Firefox OS based Alcatel, which will be annoced at MWC 2014.
This is sad news for the Alcaltel One Touch Fire users, since they can’t benefit of the improvements brought by the latest Firefox OS versions and the new app manager.
It looks like Firefox OS is doing quite well. For now, we know for sure that 2014 will bring ZTE Open C and ZTE Open II, the next two Firefox OS based smartphones developed by the Chinese manufacturer, the Firefox OS smartphone from Alcatel and the Geeksphone Revolution. Also, Mozilla and Foxconn are working together in order to release the first tablets using Firefox OS by default.
For those who don’t know yet, Firefox OS is a new Linux based mobile operating system, built by using the new HTML5 technology by the Mozilla developers. For now, it is used as default on smartphones with modest hardware specs, developed by LG, ZTE, Alcatel and Geeksphone.
While Firefox OS has been experimentally ported to the Google Nexus 7 tablet, Mozilla has teamed up with Foxconn and VIA Technologies, in order to release Firefox OS based tablets.