WWDC, E3 and How the Firefox OS Phone Could Change the World (Podcast)

Posted by · June 12, 2013 4:28 pm

As the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) come to end this week, it seems that everyone has their eye on the latest product releases from Apple, Sony and Microsoft. While the new specs and features for  iOS7, Playstation 4 and Xbox One do look impressive, these systems and devices are almost exclusively used by folks in the western world. As we discuss on this week’s podcast, there are still millions of people around the world who lack access to a high-speed Internet connection and can’t afford a smartphone. Fortunately, Mozilla, the non-profit organization that is “dedicated to keeping the power of the web in people’s hands” is looking to change all of that.

On this week’s podcast, Mozilla Developer Evangelist Chris Heilmann joins Jenn, Gary and Experts Exchange Mobile Developer Peter Uzzi to discuss the forthcoming Firefox OS devices, what they will mean to people in emerging technology markets around the world and how developers can get involved in the project.

Apple repackages old stuff, Sony trumps Microsoft

New hardware was scarce at this year’s WWDC, as Apple released lots of updates to its current software, but nothing entirely revolutionary. Of note: iTunes Radio, new California-related names for OS X and iOS7, which generated so much excitement that developers shut down the Apple Developers site trying to download it. iOS7 has new buttons, icons and color schemes as well as a much flatter interface design. Ironically, it kinda looks like an Android OS. The one new piece of hardware Apple did release was the new Mac Pro, which has a space age cylindrical shape and boasts an Intel Xeon chip and up to 12 cores.

If Microsoft’s Xbox has won last year’s E3 publicity battle, Sony’s Playstation may have mortally wounded its competitor this year. Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One at this year’s Expo, but some of the restrictions–most notably the fact that console owners can no longer sell games and that all consoles must check-in online every 24 hours–are causing quite a stir in the gaming community. Games for the brand new Playstation 4, however, can still be traded, borrowed or sold and no online check-in is required.

Firefox OS: Mobile goes global

As previously mentioned, we go in-depth with Mozilla’s Chris Heilmann  on this week’s podcast. Heilmann talks about the need that the Firefox OS phones will fill in emerging technology markets and whether or not the non-profit plans to compete with Apple and Android for top billing in the smartphone arena. Heilmann also shares how developers can start coding apps for Firefox OS right now!

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