Firefox OS

Geeksphone calls it quits, Spanish manufacturer out of smartphone biz

After six years and six separate smartphone models, Geeksphone has announced that it is getting out of the smartphone business. The Spanish smartphone manufacturer is one of the few Europe-based mobile makers – jumping into the business as a startup that built handsets for an active enthusiast community (hence the name). But all of that has come to an end.

Use Firefox OS as a launcher on your phone in experimental form

If you're pretty satisfied with Android (although of course, you probably have a wishlist), then you probably will not want to experiment with other operating systems anytime soon, unless you buy a new second (or third) smartphone. But if you're just a little curious about this thing called Firefox OS, which has been around for some time now, then a new experimental app released by Mozilla should give you a feel of what it is without necessarily having to let go of Android.

Alcatel PIXI 3 phones come with Android, Windows, or Firefox

Alcatel OneTouch, the smartphone brand for Hong Kong-based TCL Communications, has announced at CES 2015 their newest innovative offering, the Pixi 3 series. Aside from being colorful and affordable for the masses, this new smartphone line offers something other brands haven't brought (yet): a device that is platform-agnostic and can run on Android, Firefox OS and Windows. It will also be able to give users 4G LTE Connectivity (well, at least 3 out of 4).

Firefox OS dongle may just be Mozilla’s Chromecast-killer

There has been a lot of mixed reaction on Google’s Chromecast streaming stick, which allows certain Chrome and mobile apps to stream video to a TV screen – mainly because it is so selective in which apps and devices are able to use it. But Mozilla, the longtime browser rival of Google, may be working on a streaming device project as well, or at least allowing the use of Firefox OS, as seen in a tweet of a prototype device.

ZTE Open C: hands-on with a Firefox OS handset

ZTE has been showing a Firefox OS phone here at MWC. The handset is the ZTE Open C, and it will bring a 4-inch WVGA display size and a variety of colors. The handset isn't sporting the highest of specs but that is more about the market this device is headed than anything else.