Brendan Eich, co-founder and CTO of Mozilla, has claimed that the Firefox OS is better than Android for low-end smartphones and believes that Android is too bloated to run on cheap hardware, TheVerge reports. Eich has cleared in his briefing at an event in San Francisco that the company is not ‘aiming high and trying to crash into Fortress Apple, into Fortress Google,’ but is focusing mainly on the other end of the market. This means that Mozilla’s all new Firefox OS has been developed specifically for low-end smartphones. Also Read - Mozilla announces 'flip and slider' phones at Firefox OS press event
Eich also pointed out that many low-end phones still run the older version of Android, considering that they are not capable of supporting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream version, which works better on device with more than 256MB of RAM. Moreover, there is a lack of one such platform that could run smoothly on these low-specced phones. Considering this, Firefox OS is ‘a truly mass-market smartphone’, and has been developed to work well even on phones with low-end processors and RAM, he added.
With this statement on their targeted market for Firefox OS, while on one hand Mozilla has tagged the Android operating system as unsuitable for the low-end phones, on the other it has also set its sights on Nokia, which is already facing tough competition from cheap Android devices taking away the market for its ‘Asha’ series of low-end feature phones.