Firefox in conjunction with Orange telcom has rolled out its first mobile operating system on a device first launched in Africa. The move follows a promise by Mozilla during Mobile World Congress 2015 to keep power of the web in people’s hands.
The Orange FireFox smartphone running on FireFox OS are already available in West Africa with the roll out expected to see the device in markets throughout Africa and the Middle East by the end of 2015.
The new devices join an intensely competitive smartphone market in the African continent. However, Africa still lags behind in smartphone penetration compared to other regions in the world the loophole being concentration of smartphones which is mainly in wealthier markets and urban areas in the continent.
Smartphone users mainly care for prices during acquisition of smartphones and not loyalty of the products as it is in many developed markets. Despite such a modest smartphone user base, mobile usage habits in Africa are on the whole relatively mature. Having been excluded from the PC revolution by price and lack of fixed connectivity, many African nations are not only mobile first, but essentially mobile only markets.
What to expect from the Orange FireFox smartphone
The dual device offers connectivity speeds of up to 21Mbps with a dual core Media Tek CPU and 3G+ protocol plug-in. The device will feature the newest 3G Firefox OS phone, the Orange Klif. Here are specs that come with the device;
112.2 x 62 x 11.9mm
3.5″ HVGA (320×480), TFT 252K color display
1 point touch with gesture
3G+. HSPA+ , 21/5.76Mbps.
Dual Core 1.0Ghz.
Dual SIM. GPS
2Mpxl photos, filters, Zoom (x4), LED Flash (Firefox OS version only)
512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
Micro SD up to 32GB.
1300mAh Hard Pack
Standby time: 380 hrs(2G); 286 hrs(3G)
Talk time: 7.1 hrs(2G); 6.2 hrs(3G)
Charging time: 3.3 hrs
G-sensor, Dual SIM (4022D), Handsfree, FM Radio,
112.2 x 62 x 11.9mm
3.5″ HVGA (320×480)
Firefox OS, v2.0
Going with the specs above, the Orange FireFox smartphone is definitely going to be an economy friendly smartphone in the price conscious market.