Mozilla launch $35 Firefox OS smartphone in India

Mozilla has launched its second Firefox OS smartphone in India, the AUD$35 Cloud FX. Billed as India's cheapest smartphone, the Cloud FX is the result of a partnership between Mozilla and handset manufacturer Intex Technologies.

By Alex Choros

Mozilla has launched its second Firefox OS smartphone in India, the AUD$35 Cloud FX. Billed as India's cheapest smartphone, the Cloud FX is the result of a partnership between Mozilla and handset manufacturer Intex Technologies.

The Cloud FX is about as basic as a smartphone can be. Boasting just a 3.5-inch screen (480 x 320 pixels), 1 Ghz single-core processor 128 megabytes of RAM and 256 megabytes of storage (expandable to 4 gigabytes), the device blurs the line between smartphone and feature phone. But while the Cloud FX may be somewhat uninspiring on a technical level, its targeting an audience who are yet to buy their first smartphone.

"With the launch of Intex Cloud FX, we aim to enable the masses to get smartphone experience at the cost of a feature phone," said.Intex director of marketing Keshav Bensal.

Given that Firefox OS is an almost completely web-based operating system, the Cloud FX's lack of 3G connectivity may hamper the experience. According to a hands-on by gadget website Tech2, this could be especially problematic in the regions of India where this phone is being marketed toward, claiming the country's 2G is "truly poor network to be on".

India now has the third-highest number of smartphone sales on the planet, according to a 2013 Canalys report, trailing only behind the United States and China.

Google has also expressed interested in tapping the lower-end of India's smartphone market. At this year's Google I/O, the search giant announce its Android One program that promises to bring a 4.5-inch, dual-SIM Android smartphone to India for less than USD$100.

Source: Tech2, Mashable

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