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Old September 6th, 2014, 05:32 AM   #1581
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Old September 6th, 2014, 07:20 AM   #1582
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Firefox OS is going to Launch in Bangladesh

This latest addition to mobile operating systems is web-based and completely customizable.
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Smartphones have started a new era in handheld devices. Now a days these can be used instead of Desktop Computer or Laptop. These are capable of not only making or receiving calls, but also can be used to browse websites, play interactive games, click photos and edit, even connect to remote desktops. There are only about 3 major mobile OS being used on a large scale, Android is the one used most, followed by iOS and Windows.

The main concern about the mainstream mobile OSs are that they are closed source and require high end hardware to run. But Mozilla (the community that is mostly known as the developer of Firefox Browser) believes in openness and the power people has come up with an Operating System that requires extensively less amount of resource or hardware and provides the same (or more) performance. This reduces the manufacturing cost and hence the retail price of the phone.

So what makes it different from the established OSs?

Actually, we can say that Firefox OS is just the Firefox browser which is simply running on the phone. To be more clear, the OS itself is the browser. In one single word, it is a “Web Based OS”. Any modifications you make to the user interface and any applications you create to run on Firefox OS are web apps created using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. So, any one can easily understand what’s going on inside and if you don’t like some the way it came as, you just have to connect the device with your PC and make any changes you wish. No flashing, no rooting or ROM installing task needed. This also reflects one of the motto of Mozilla – Openness and Dedicated to the user.

Why should I switch to Firefox OS?

Unlike any other OS, its source code is totally open and any user can modify anything on their device. And most importantly have access to all the device hardware and functionality.

As the apps are web based apps, so the size of the apps are really small in bytes. So you’ll need less amount of memory in more importantly less data to download. And you can even run apps before installing or downloading.

And the best of the best part is it comes in our own mother language – Bangla. And guess what? It’s not like traditional teeth breaking language. The language part is developed by Human – The Mozillians of Bangladesh!

Target users and market: As we told you before, that Firefox OS is totally different from the OS that are running at large and works well with low-end devices. So if you’re using Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5 or some smartphone that costs over $300, Firefox OS devices won’t be able to meet your needs/expectation. It’s made to spread the power of the web to the people who use just the basic phone to only make and receive calls.

Mozilla showcased a smartphone prototype costing as little as $25 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, targeting developing countries including Bangladesh, India and China

If you look at the recent Firefox OS launches in the countries like Brazil, Mexico and recently India, most of the countries are developing countries. Bangladesh is going to be next one. Mozilla and Telenor (aka Grameenphone) are jointly going to launch Firefox OS in Bangladesh soon.

In most of the countries all the devices released were focused on the price. Their marketing strategy was to announce the “cheapest smartphone” in the country. India wasn’t any different: they have also focused on the price and launched Intex Cloud Fx which is selling at Rupees 1999 (BDT 2537). But point to be noted is this phone is a 2G phone with dual SIM dual standby.

After the announcement of 3G in Bangladesh, BTRC has imposed a regulation to integrate 3G feature in all smartphones. To comply with this regulation Mozilla has engineered and included 3G feature into Firefox OS; and the upcoming device will have 3G facility, which will increase the device cost in this consequence. So on the good side we’re lucky that we’re going to receive a quite high-end phone but on the other hand, this could increase the price a little. But I don’t think its a bad news for us. At least we will get what we’re paying for.

Most of the writeup compiled by Sekandar Badsha.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #1583
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I was told by a recent visitor from Dhaka that 3G coverage is spotty and inconsistent. So much so that most smartphone users are yet to reliably use their apps over 3G. Most continue to depend on WiFi (to use the apps).
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Old September 11th, 2014, 07:32 AM   #1584
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BTRC: Banglalink fastest of all other operators in 3G data service - See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/technolo....Y4dkVj4o.dpuf
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