Technology changes our world. Technology improves our lives.
However, at the same time, our lives are becoming more and more complicated and technology sometimes makes us crazy about it.
Look at mobile phones and tablets. I remember mobile phones being for us for making phone calls and texting people. But nowadays, mobile phones became more like portable computers being used for everything, from making phone calls and sending text messages to checking email, social networks and browsing the web.
As the mobile technology evolves often we get trapped into it. Just look around yourself, people keep buying new mobile phones every year now. It’s like buying shoes or clothes. And, people always want a new (better) mobile phone.
But what about ethical stuff behind buying? Most people don’t seem to care about that. Most people don’t care about using mobile phone that’s locked with vendor’s operating system which doesn’t allow things like copying files, for example. What about recent news about iphones having some kind of a back-door, which gives access to your personal data to almost anyone?
Open Source changes technology in a good way, only not many people look at things that way. Those of you who know me know that I have always been a supporter of Open Source. I have used Linux since the days when I bought my first pc computer and now with mobile space I have used Android for a number of years. But now it is time to move on and invest in real Open Source – the future of mobile technology is in the Open Source, that’s why majority of mobile users use Android (85% according to recent statistics), but I’m talking real Open-Source, I’m talking Firefox OS.
ZTE Open Running Firefox OS 1.1
Firefox OS has been around for quite some time and there have been a number of phones running Firefox OS but they’re not popular, at least not in “developed world”. I know Firefox OS is targeting “less developed” countries with their low-specs cheap mobile phones. But you now what? I bought a ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire (which retail for about £50-60) and they’re great! Yes, their specifications are low compared to giants like Samsung or Sony or LG, but what do you need from a mobile phone? I’m not going to play sophisticate games.
Alcatel One Touch Fire running Firefox OS 1.1
I have been using these two phones for regular use (calling, texting, checking email, browsing the web) and I find them perfectly suitable (and I’m quite a geek 😉 ). In a nutshell, Firefox OS rocks! 😉