Matchstick – The Best Google Chromcast alternative powered by Firefox OS is coming soon!

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Matchstick, the first HDMI stick based on Firefox OS, is the best way to experience your favorite movies, music, and games on your HDTV and HD Monitors. By now if you know what Google Chromcast is all about, consider it as it’s biggest competition till date.

The streaming media stick connects via Wi-Fi to your television’s HDMI port, allowing you to push videos, music and games from your PC to your screen.

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Matchstick-Powered-by-Firefox OS

Inside the device is a dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor, 4GB of onboard storage and 1GB of DDR3 memory. Sticking with the animal motif so popular with Mozilla fans, on its exterior the device sports a tiny porcupine logo accented with Firefox orange.

Apart from the openness (which you won’t find with Google Chromcast) you will be happy to know that this will cost you as much as $10 from Google’s Chromcast – Retail price is already set to $25 (whereas Chromcast costs you $35). So in term of pricing, it’s also lucrative.

Here are how sender apps will typically work:

  1. Scan for Matchstick: The sender app searches for Matchstick devices residing in the same Wi-Fi network as the sender device. The scanning reveals a friendly display name, model and manufacturer, icon, and the device’s IP address. Presented with a list, a user may then select a target device from all those discovered.
  2. Connect to Matchstick: Both TLS and NON-TLS communication between sender and receiver are supported.
  3. Launch Receiver App: The sender initiates a negotiation with the target device, launching a receiver app either with the URL of a HTML5 receiver app, or even a Chromecast App ID.
  4. Establish Message Channels: With the receiver app now launched, Matchstick establishes message channels between the sender and receiver. In addition to a media control channel common to all Matchstick and Chromecast apps, any number of application-specific channels can also be established.

Since this is Firefox OS, receiver apps are a combination of HTML5, CSS and Javascript. They are packaged into a certified “receiver container” that works only on Firefox OS. Apps will be distributed via the Matchstick app store, but developers will be free to put the apps wherever else they’d like as well.

Mozilla is also planning to host an invitation-only Firefox OS App Workshop for Matchstick in San Francisco on November 18; if you’re interested, you can sign up here. Both companies are promising additional developer events around the world. To know more visit the KickStarter page today!

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Want to purchase Unlocked Alcatel OneTouch Fire E and C? Here’s how

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It’s almost a year and half since Firefox OS devices officially launched and by now there are few million feature Phone users or first time phone users upgraded themselves to Firefox OS Smartphone. As Mozilla along with it’s Hardware and Telecom partners launched locked devices in most of the countries till date; we have decided to do a favour to all our readers around the globe by bringing couple of Unlocked Alcatel Devices. Last year around this time along with our friend Adam, we brought to you the Alcatel OneTouch Fire (second ever Firefox OS device). This year it’s time for the Next Gen devices – Alcatel OneTouch Fire C and E.

So if you are interested in having a latest UNLOCKED Firefox OS Device…Read On…

Ever since Alcatel & ZTE announced the device line-up for the year, we are receiving tons of email regarding the unlocked devices from both Alcatel and ZTE. Though here in India we have couple of unlocked devices, but as far as the spces is concerned, they are way behind from Alcatel OneTouch Fire C and E or ZTE Open II. Recently Alcatel even announced the downgraded version of OneTouch Fire C (2G only) for the Indian market. But there are tons of developers, companies or general buyers who are interested in having a Firefox OS device.So we though to give you all who are interested yet another shot to grab some of the best Spces Firefox OS device till date.

But before that here are the quick spces of both Alcatel OneTouch Fire C and Fire E:

Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C

Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire C

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C:

3.5” HVGA 320 x 480 pixels, TFT 262K color display, Capacitive screen

CPU: Dual Core 1.2 GHz CPU

Internal Memory: 4GB EMMC + 512MB RAM

Camera: Primary – 3MP

Operating System: FireFox 1.3

Battery : 1300mAh

Connectivity: 3G/2G

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Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire E

Alcatel ONETOUCH Fire E

Alcatel OneTouch Fire E:

Screen: 4.5” qHD 960 x 540 pixels, IPS 16M color display, Capacitive touch screen

CPU: Dual Core 1.2 GHz CPU

Internal Memory: 4GB emmc ROM / 512MB RAM

Main Camera: 5 Mpxl, Built-in filters/ VGA Front Camera

Operating System: FireFox 1.3

Battery : 1700mAh

Connectivity: 3G/2G

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Details about How to buy:

You can own this awesome piece of Smartphone by just clicking the below links and visit the eBay store BonasusGSM to book your Brand new Sealed Unlocked Alcatel OneTouch Fire C or Fire E. Alcatel OneTouch Fire E is available in Black-Chocolate color and White-Orange (on demand), whereas OneTouch Fire C is available in front White and Black back color. So you have full pleasure to pick your own favourite color and model. The device Fire E costing you only USD 300 whereas Fire C is approx USD 240, both including FREE! Shipping to any international destination. That’s not all, BonasusGSM tied-up with UPS so that as soon as you pay, within the next 2-6 business days, you will get your device, depending on your location.

You can pay with PayPal and as you are buying from eBay, they will protect your buying. If your product is not shipped, you will get your hard earned money back. Guaranteed. So there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Even you will have a 30 days money back assurance from the BonasusGSM.

To Buy OneTouch Fire C:

eBay – Click Here

To Buy OneTouch Fire E:

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What You Will get:

An Unlocked Sealed box pack of Alcatel One Touch Fire C or E (the color of your choice, mentioned above) – The main Smartphone, Battery, Charger, Data Cable, Ear Phone, Booklet of quick started guide, Warranty Card.

If you have any question related to how to purchase, drop us an email at admin[@]firefoxosguide.com or ping us on @FirefoxOSGuide

Head to Head: Intex Cloud FX and Spice Fire One Mi-Fx-1

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Last month both Intex and Spice announced their maiden Firefox OS Smartphones for Indian market. Even though both the devices are very low in specs, they are very much perfect for the HTML5 based Operating System of Mozilla. If you already not aware of these two device check out this link to know more.

Intex Technologies partners with Snapdeal.com – India’s one of the popular e-commerce sites to launch the device last month (on August 25th). Spice officially announced their Spice Fire One Mi-FX1 few days earlier of Intex, though it’s still unavailable in the market.

As we already have the Intex Cloud FX we are testing the device and give you an in-depth analysis very soon. If you still not ordered Intex Cloud FX and waiting for Spice Fire One, we have the head to head comparison sheet just for you.

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Intex-Cloud-FX-vs-Spice-Fire-One

Have a look below and decide which one is better for you: 

  Intex Cloud FX Spice Fire One Mi-FX1
OS Version: Firefox OS v1.3 Firefox OS v1.3
Connectivity: 2.5G 2.5G
SIM Support: Dual  SIM (GSM+GSM) Dual  SIM (GSM+GSM)
Processor : 1GHz Single Core 1GHz Single Core
Chipset: Spreadtrum SC6821 Spreadtrum SC6821
RAM: 128MB 128MB
Color Availability: Black, White Black
Dimension: 115.9 x 62 x 11.8  
Weight: 104.0gm (With Battrey )  
Display Size: 3.5” 3.5”
Display Type: HVGA HVGA
Display Colors: 16M 16M
Display Resolution: 320X480 320X480
ROM: 256MB 256MB
Memory In Built: 46MB 46MB
Memory Extended: Up to 4GB Up to 4GB
Camera ( Rear): 2MP 1.3MP
Camera ( Front ): NO VGA
Auto Focus: NO NO
Flash: NO YES
Battery Type: 1250mAh 1400mAh
Talk Time: 4Hrs  
Stand By: 200Hrs  
Operating Frequency: GSM: 900 / 1800 GSM: 900 / 1800
Ports: Micro 5 Pin Micro 5 Pin
Bluetooth: Yes Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes Yes
Connectivity (Internet): EDGE / GPRS / WAP EDGE / GPRS / WAP
Tethering & Portable Hotstop Wi-Fi / Bluetooth /USB Wi-Fi / Bluetooth /USB
GPS/ AGPS NO NO
Video Supported Format 3GP / MP4 3GP / MP4
Audio Formats Supported MP3 / WAV / MID / 3GPP / MP4 / AMR MP3 / WAV / MID / 3GPP / MP4 / AMR
FM Radio Yes Yes
Pre Loaded games No No
Messaging SMS, MMS, E-mail SMS, MMS, E-mail
Email Accounts support Yes Yes
Group SMS Yes Yes
Pre loaded Instant Messaging Yes Yes
Video Calling No No
Extra Features: Intex Zone (pre-loaded with many features)

Auto  Call Recorder

Silicon Back Cover
In-box accessories: Device, Battery, Adapter, Earphone, Data Cable, Manual, Warranty Card and Screen Guard  

USP of Intex Cloud FX:

  • 3.5″ large Screen
  • Very simple User Interface
  • 2MP Camera
  • Dual SIM

Buy Intex Cloud FX from Snapdeal.com only for Rs. 1999

USP of Spice Fire One Mi- FX 1:

  • 3.5″ large Screen
  • Very simple User Interface
  • 1.3MP back Camera and VGA Front Camera
  • Dual SIM

Buy Spice Fire One from Snapdeal.com only for Rs. 2299 (Coming Soon)

Unboxing Video of Intex Cloud FX – A Quick Walkthrough of the device

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On 25th when Intex Technologies introduced India’s first Firefox OS device Cloud FX via Snapdeal.com – that became India’s cheapest Smartphone. With a price tag of only INR 1,999 or $34 it’s a stealer deal. The worst part even before we booked the White version of Intex Cloud FX, it was sold out, making Black, the only choice available for thousands of us. After 6 long days and few hiccups, finally we got the device on September 1st. So after using the device almost a day, we are ready to rock and roll with it.

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We thought about doing a small series related to the Cloud FX including:

Unboxing video of Intex Cloud FX

Camera Samples of Intex Cloud FX

Audio and Video Playback Quality (Including the FM Radio)

Comparison with Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1

Comparison with Geeksphone Keon

Now let’s have a look at the first part of our Intex Cloud FX series: The Unboxing:

First of all I really want to say that I love the box of the Intex Cloud FX – The Mozilla Fox draping the Intex Cloud FX in front makes it very attractive.

Inside of the box you will get the main Handset, Battery, Headphone, Data Cable, Warranty Card and the User Manual. Here we are a bit in vain as Intex’s official site stated that user will get the Screen Guard inside of the box, but it’s missing here.

Have a quick look at the Image gallery of the Intex Cloud FX:

Intex Cloud FX

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Back to the main device, it’s a nice looking 3.5″ HVGA TFT display Smartphone in black (again sadly we missed the white one!). In front of the device we will see only one circular touch button (that’s the standard for Firefox OS, ahh! don’t start missing Android’s 3 buttons.) which is the HOME button. If you look the the device’s right side (your left) you will notice the Micro USB port, which is for charging  as well as data transferring through Data Cable. Just below that you will notice the Volume rocker buttons. At the left of the device you will find nothing. If you see on top, you will find the Power button and 3.5mm jack for your headphone. At the bottom of the device you will find the mic. If you turn your device, you will find a 2MP camera, which is pretty good with the price point. There is no FLASH, so make sure you will take all your images in broad day light. Also you will find Intex logo and Firefox OS logo on the flip side while you will hardly miss the speaker at the lower back.

Want to buy a device for you?  Click Here to order now! Only few units left.

Now have a look at our quick unboxing video of Intex Cloud FX and a quick round-up of the UI:

More videos and comparison are coming up shortly, stay with us and follow us on @FirefoxOSGuide or follow us on Facebook.

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Intex Technologies introduced $34 Firefox OS device Intex Cloud FX exclusively on Snapdeal

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Earlier today Intex Technologies introduced India’s cheapest Smartphone Intex Cloud FX at a press conference in New Delhi. Most interesting part of this Smartphone is it’s neither run on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8, nor on Google’s Android, but relatively new platform Firefox OS by Mozilla.

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Earlier this month Spice Mobile introduced India’s first Firefox OS powered Smartphone Spice Fire One Mi- FX1, which will be available from August 29th exclusively on Snapdeal.com

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced its intentions to launch a $25 Firefox OS smartphone with Spreadtrum chip inside. however we have not witness such device until now, the Indian Smartphone manufacturers Spice Mobility and Intex Technologies introduced these two Smartphones which are very similar to the dream $25 Smartphone by Mozilla.

Priced at approximately $38, the Spice Fire One Mi – FX1 and at $34 Intex Cloud FX will be targeting first-time smartphone users. If you are from India you can now buy the Intex Cloud FX from e-commerce site Snapdeal for Rs 1,999.

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If you are not aware, here is a quick refresher: the Intex Cloud FX runs Firefox OS and has a 3.5-inch display (480×320 pixels), 128 MB RAM, and 1GHz processor. The phone, which is claimed to be the country’s lowest-priced smartphone sports a 2 megapixel rear camera. This dual SIM Intex phone supports a microSD card of up to 4GB. It comes with a 1250mAh battery. Its connectivity options include WiFi, USB, Bluetooth.

Intex Cloud FX will take on the recently announced Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1 that also runs Firefox OS. The Firefox phone from Spice is priced at Rs 2,299. Spice’s dual-SIM 2G handset features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 1 GHz processor and 1.3 megapixel rear and 0.3 megapixel front cameras.

So as far as spces is concerned, both Spice and Intex devices are almost similar, if you are a first time Snartphone user or want to try touch screen device, this will give you a decent idea, before you make big hole into your pocket to buy an expensive one.

Surely this will snatch a good number of customers from the Feature phone segment where brands like Micromax, Lava, Nokia are ruling. Let us know what’s your though on this. Would you give it a try?

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Telefónica Movistar introduced ZTE Open II in El Salvador

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Firefox OS travelled from Europe to South America since it launched in 2013 in Spain, apart from those two continents, Mexico, part of North American continent is the only country to have Firefox OS. On August 15th, El Salvador became the first Central American country to have Mozilla’s open source Mobile OS powered Smartphone.

The Salvadoran country officially arrives ZTE Open II, which only can be acquired by purchasing a postpaid plan Movistar centres across the country at a price of $ 15.99 per month.

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Apart from that we have confirmed news from our source that other Central American countries - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama will also get the treat of Firefox OS Smartphones very soon! Stay with us for more.

ZTE Open C and ZTE Open II launches in Uruguay, Peru and Colombia with Telefónica

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As the year goes on Mozilla along with its global partners keep rolling Firefox OS with new devices. Last month they introduced the second generation ZTE devices to many LatAm countries. Since June to August we have witnessed many LatAm and Central American countries having their first taste of 2nd Gen Firefox OS.

On June 30th, Mr. John Bernard , Global Marketing Director of Mozilla, announced through a tweet on his official account, the arrival of Open C to Uruguayan soil hand the local division of Movistar.

Then Fernando Leis , CMO Movistar Uruguay makes Twitter circulate a pamphlet promoting the purchase of equipment with Firefox OS, including Open C is the occasion of the celebration of Father’s Day in charrúas lands.

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With this release, Uruguay stands as the first country in South America to have for sale one of the newest devices with Firefox OS ZTE. If you want to know more about how to purchase an ZTE Open C in Uruguay, visit this link.

After Uruguay, ZTE Open II sees the daylight in Inca land (Peru), he information comes via a tweet by Juan Eladio Sánchez, a computer engineer and Open Source consultant, working with Mozilla Peru. In this tweet, he shares a shot made by Movistar.

Under the slogan “When you connect the party begins,” Peru Movistar Open II will sell at a price of 169 soles plus an optional bonus of 30 soles plus 200 MB and three months (free, I guess) of Line.

With this release, Peru became the second country in South America to have available for sale one of the new ZTE Firefox OS devices. The first is Uruguay, which is already selling the Open C from previous weekend .

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After the launch in Uruguay and Peru, ZTE Open II travel to Colombia. ZTE Open II, the second generation phones by the Chinese company ZTE, comes at a price of 138,900 Colombian pesos and is available in black and white colors.

If you want to know more about how to purchase this device, check it out on Movistar Colombia official website.

We are expecting more new launches in the coming weeks, so stay with us to know more about it.

Tutorial: Flashing Flame Devices with Firefox OS

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Mozilla introduced Firefox OS reference device FLAME  few weeks ago. After the initial Developer devices Geeksphone Keon and Peak, this is a welcome device for many due to it’s ‘Flexible RAM’ option. If you have a Flame reference device and want try out alternate versions of Firefox OS apart from the stock one, but not willing to build from source, then follow this mini-manual.
Flame device

Get the build

You can download the packages from the Nightly Build directories of Mozilla FTP. You specifically need the following two files:

  • b2g-XX.0a1.en-US.android-arm.tar.gz (XX is the version number)
  • gaia.zip

Set up environment

Once you have the build, decompress both of them in the same directory. Download the flash.sh file from this gist and put it into the same directory as well.
N.B: You will have to set executable bit to the script file ($ chmod a+x flash.sh).

Flashing the device

  1. Enable remote debugging in Device’s Developer Settings
  2. Connect the device to the system over USB
  3. You will need to have have ADB installed 3.1. Run $ adb devices 3.2. Check for Flame in the listed devices 3.3. If device is listed, proceed to step 4 (if not, troubleshoot)
  4. Run the script to initiate flashing $ ./flash.sh
  5. Follow the instructions to customize your flashing as per your need.
  6. If you face issues, try flashing with /data partition formatted when asked.
  7. Profit!

Updates

After you’re done flashing, your device will be on the Nightly channel, receiving updates almost each day. Those updates will be over the air (OTA) download of ~60MB, and completely hassle free.

 Stay with us for more tutorials, News and reviews.

Hungry Fridge – mobile Firefox OS game with Gamepad API support on desktop

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Hungry Fridge is a game available in the Firefox Marketplace, but it’s quite different from your regular mobile apps. Enclave Games prepared an experiment using the Gamepad API, so you can control a fully-blown driving, shooting and eating machine.

The game is quite simple when you play it on a mobile device. All you have to do is to tap on some food to collect it – it’s “good” (veggies) and “bad” (junk) food, but you also have to follow the color of the marker the Fridge wants to eat.

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Hungry Fridge is hungry! Feed it with proper food to get the highest score!

The Fridge will tell you what it wants to eat. Follow the color of the food marker and its counter, tap the proper food to feed the Fridge and collect points. Tap the wrong food or let it go out of the screen and you will lose energy.

The difference is when you launch it on a desktop with the gamepad connected – it will turn into Super Turbo Hungry Fridge:

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The Gamepad API is in the draft stage, but it works well in the Firefox browser already.

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The game itself was created using Phaser and the full source code is available on GitHub. You can play the game online, get it from the Firefox Marketplace and read the short making of blog post – this game was used as an example in the Playing Around with the Gamepad API chapter in the HTML5 Game Development Insights book.

It’s an interesting case of one game working differently on mobile and desktop using bleeding-end technology and delivering console-like experience right in your browser without any plugins.

Intex Cloud FX to hit Indian market in August, Spice’s Firefox OS device in July

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Just yesterday Mozilla announced Intex and Spice as its hardware partners to launch Firefox OS smartphones in India. Today, Spice has confirmed that its first smartphone running on Mozilla’s operating system will launch as early as July in India.

The company also revealed that the smartphones will be placed in the ultra-affordable segment (under INR 2000) and will be targeted at first time smartphone users. The company hasn’t revealed any specifications for the device, except for its dual-SIM capabilities. This will be a great experience for first time users are with minimal cost they can enjoy many features of modern Smartphones.

We can only speculate that it could boast specifications similar to what Mozilla showcased at the MWC earlier this year. That device featured a 3.5-inch HVGA display, Spreadtrum SC6821 chipset, and connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The company had revealed that phones on this hardware platform could be priced as low as Rs 1,500.

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Reference-FirefoxOS-device-with-Spreadtrum-chipset

Meanwhile Intex in a statement on Thursday said its first Firefox OS smartphone, the Intex Cloud FX, would be priced under Rs. 2,000 when it launches in the first week of August. The company said the Cloud FX would sport a 3.5-inch display (resolution unspecified), and be powered by a 1GHz processor (number of cores unspecified).

Other features detailed by Intex for its Cloud FX smartphone running Firefox OS include a 2-megapixel rear camera, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The specifications detailed by Intex are conspicuously similar to the reference $25 Firefox OS smartphone platform unveiled by Mozilla and Spreadtrum at MWC 2014.

Stay with us as we will give you the best news related to this topic. Join us on Fcaebook and start FOLLOWING us on Twitter @FirefoxOSGuide to know the latest happenings about Firefox OS across the globe.

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