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Last week we asked how many social networks you’re active on How Many Social Networks Are You Active On? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Many Social Networks Are You Active On? [MakeUseOf Poll] Despite (or because of) their popularity, social networks are a controversial subject that’s often a point of contention even on MakeUseOf. Must you be a part of a social network to participate in something? How... Read More . The results were surprising. While the most popular answer was the most obvious one, you might not believe which answer came in second, and by a margin of only 5 votes too.

Out of 285 votes in total, these were the votes: 2% of the voters are active on 10 or more social networks (impressive!), 11% are active on 5-10 social networks, 12% are active on 4 social networks, 15% are active on only one social network, and 18% are active on 3 social networks. Which bring us to the close first and second places: 20% are not active on ANY social networks, and 22% are active on two social networks. If this poll is representative of our readers, does this mean one fifth of you are not active on any social network?

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: Will You Dump Your Smartphone For A Firefox OS Phone?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

The first ever Firefox OS phone, the ZTE Open, was launched in Spain this week, to be followed by other countries worldwide. The Firefox OS phone might not be a match to the latest and greatest iOS, Android, or Windows Phone devices, but it has its own charms: it’s open, and it’s cheap. Selling for under $100 in Spain, this is an extremely affordable smartphone, and while some may argue it’s more like a feature phone, it can run many popular apps via the Firefox Marketplace. Is this the future of smartphones, or will this attempt fail like others before it? Let’s hear what you think!

As usual, don’t forget to explain your vote in the comments, and tell us exactly what you think of Firefox OS.

  1. Mark Moore
    August 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I purchased one of the zte open firefoxos phones. Of course, the hardware is low-end, but the OS is super easy, responsive and just plain works. It's perfect.

  2. Jeremy G
    July 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

    No way. Because I'm short of money, and my old HTC Wildfire S still works. When it dies, perhaps I'll go the way of the Fox, but only after reviewing the responses to its release.

  3. Tragic
    July 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    No, I will wait for the release of Ubuntu's cross platform os in 2014

  4. Sirajul Muneer
    July 10, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I agree to second point of ReadandShare. It's better to support underdog applications that are provided by most trusted and Famous vendors
    I do support Firefox OS basically as an App developer and also a web developer.
    It provides you to easily use any of your website in to a web app and provides the power of web easily to the user.
    It is also easier to develop an Application in Firefox OS (just need to learn HTML5,JS and CSS3 ) than Android ( using Java )

    Most interesting and Eye-catching aspect is that Firefox OS supports Open standards.. :)
    Currently it may not be able to compete with the Big Brothers in the market but it soon be a competitive product for sure. Because when Android was released there too was this same doubt whether it will die prematurely.

  5. Joshua Smith
    July 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I would totally dump any other type of phone for a Firefox OS phone. Believe me people, FFOS has the potential to revolutionize the web and the phone!

    The launch devices are just entrance-level, but the list will get better and longer as more people embrace the system. According to various articles on the Mozilla Blog[1] and other sources, Firefox OS already has some large partners including Foxconn, Facebook, Ebay, Sprint, LG, T-Mobile, Twitter, Telefonica, Disney, and EA[2].

    As for the availability of apps, the Firefox Marketplace is expanding rapidly. There are already Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, EA Games, Nokia, and AccuWeather apps for Firefox OS. More are coming including Cut the Rope!!!

    Firefox OS is a great environment for geeks and app developers because the apps are programmed using open web standards and APIs. If you don't need to use sensitive APIs, you can just submit a hosted app that points to your optimized website. The source is also open[3, 4], so there is a ton of customizability for those who are interested ;)

    In conclusion, I do not believe that this project will fail like so many of its precursors. Mozilla knows better than anyone how to manage massive open source projects successfully.


    • Yaara Lancet
      July 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Love your use of reference tags! First time I've seen that in a comment.

  6. Sharukh M
    July 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I would definitely use it as a secondary phone , as its cheap. ( I won't care If I lose it )

  7. Frank P
    July 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    if there's an emulated version to play around with on a pc yip, if I like it I'll buy it.

    • Sirajul Muneer
      July 10, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Yeah. you have a simulator. Its just a firefox browser addon so easy to install and use..
      To emulate Android you need to install the big fats from google repo andthe install another heavy load of OS package. BUt in Firefox its too easy.. :)

      • Yaara Lancet
        July 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Thanks for the link!

  8. Edison Guzman
    July 9, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Firefox OS needs to have more favorable reviews but what interests me more is what the OS cannot do, in comparison to the established ios, android , BlackBerry & windows OS.

  9. lache claude
    July 9, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Lets watch and see how it things turn out.

  10. Joses L
    July 9, 2013 at 4:55 am

    No way, I personally think they're comparable to Android Gingerbread... but uglier. But of course, it could change. If that happens, well I'll see.

  11. Ken
    July 9, 2013 at 3:30 am

    I voted No way, but if there was a hell no choice, that would be it. The waters are already murky with Android, iOS and Windows Phone not to mention BlackBerry 10 for enough attention to be paid to this late comer. As usual, the more choice there is, the better that is for innovation, however, even Ubuntu Touch is a better solution that Firefox OS.

  12. Claire Curtis
    July 9, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Worth trying -- one can always go back. But I have high hopes for anything FireFox; they have a good open-source track record.

  13. Austin B
    July 9, 2013 at 1:46 am

    It looks really great, and has potential to be a great OS for limited use, but for high end devices and gaming and stuff (things I like to do), I don't see it being that competitive with Android (or even iOS, but I have zero desire to use that anymore). But for calls, texting, web browsing, and other "basic" apps, I think it will be a great OS. I mean, I already use Firefox as my Android browser of choice, it's a great browser on there (better than the stock 2.3 for sure, I don't have a new phone for 4.x yet).

  14. Jim
    July 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I typically use Firefox and Chrome as my web browsers. Like any major upgrade on the "major" OSs, I think I would wait until Mozilla had had a period of time to work out the kinks which are inevitable before entrusting my major use to their new OS. I would, if it were available, be interested in putting it on my spare computer or standby phone to test it out.

  15. Dave Bell
    July 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    As with any company or product they will have to prove themselves and then some how squeeze themselves into a pretty tight niched market. They might be able to strike a deal with the government and get them handed out as Obama phones. (aka. Bama Phones) That way they could gain some exposure and help with our deficit at the same time. That might get them a scratch on the surface! It's going to take an absolutely astonishing product to squeeze its way into the smart phone market. (My suggestion to "crush it" in cell phone market is simple, dual booting operating systems on a cell phone that has the ability to have memory added via SD cards or any other viable and concealable means.)

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Nice, I like the dual boot idea. Thanks Dave!

      • Rajaa C
        July 15, 2013 at 1:47 am

        Ubuntu Mobile OS already has provision to dual boot in higher end Android phones and with Ubuntu Mobile OS you can dock the smartphone and transform it into a full fledged desktop computer. Pretty neat!!! :)

  16. owsleyskid
    July 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Since it's open source, any .gov attempts to install the NSA version of BackOrifice can be edited out and it can be recompiled. I've used the browser with a couple add-ons like NoScript for years with no intrusions or problems.

    • Sirajul Muneer
      July 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Thats great.. :)

    • Sirajul Muneer
      July 10, 2013 at 1:07 am

      Can you explain how to prevent intrusion in Firefox browser?

      • owsleyskid
        July 10, 2013 at 2:36 am

        I use the NoScript add-on. You have to pay enough attention to look a who it is wanting to run scripts on your machine. Even anonymous recommends FireFox if you're not using Tor. It's open source, so you can customize it, compile it, & run your own browser. I also run the free version of Avast! on my WinXP & Win7 boxes.

        • Sirajul Muneer
          July 10, 2013 at 2:47 am

          Thanks for the Info. :) :) But NoScript breaks the web by stoping JavaScript right? I'd prefer Ghostery then.

        • owsleyskid
          July 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

          It defaults to blocking JavaScripts, but you can grant temporary or permanent exceptions by script's source url. It was a little annoying when first installed, but as I visited my usual sites and got the permissions set, it became almost unnoticeable, except for the placeholders on the page where things from googleadservices, doubleclick, etc. got blocked. The granularity allows me to never have to see or hear any of those annoying video ads that eat so much bandwidth during page loads.

  17. likefunbutnot
    July 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I'm willing to consider the possibility. I do like Google's ecosystem quite a lot, but I am well aware that I have to balance my personal interest in guarding my privacy with Google's interest in using me as an advertising target. I'd rather have something that's more open and customizable, but I have a feeling that the Firefox Phone as deployed by a US carrier will probably be customized to the point that it's just as bad if not worse than current Android offerings.

    Since I'm on a CDMA network it's unlikely that a Firefox phone will be an option for me any time soon regardless.

  18. JELaBarre
    July 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    You forgot an item on your poll:

    "I don't have a 'smartphone', and have no intention of getting one *regardless* of what OS is on it"

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      If we go there, I had forgotten many other options too. :)

      I've said this before, I can never cover the entire scope of possible answers in the polls, so I try to think up the most common ones. You're always welcome to give a more detailed version of it in the comments, as you've just done. :)

  19. Austin H
    July 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I think I'm more interested in Ubuntu's mobile OS, but Firefox OS is intriguing to me. More than anything, I hope that both Mozilla and Ubuntu's entries bring new things that Apple and Google haven't thought of yet, and spur those companies to start trying to innovate again. I would be pretty disappointed if either offering just ended up saturating the market with sub-par phones and even worse OS's. Users don't need more BB OS and Windows Phone's; in my opinion those phones and, worse, their OS's just flood the market with junk that an under-informed consumer might buy and be sorely disappointed and burned. I got off topic but it's important, IMO, that Firefox OS avoid the pitfall of just being a mobile OS that is no different except in UI.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I agree with the first part of your comment completely, it would be great if they could bring some innovation.

      From my experience with Windows Phone, however, it's far from being junk, it's just late for the party. I don't know BB enough to say the same, so it might be junk for all I know. :)

      Thanks for the comment!

  20. Ashwin S
    July 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I would like to buy a firefox phone

  21. AP
    July 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Well common sense says to wait and watch because FF is new kid on the block in OS segment .

  22. Rajaa C
    July 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Firefox OS phones are not really yet the high end smartphones. They are targetting tthe entry level market segment. I would personally retain my android jellybean smartphone from Samsung and probably think of Firefox hen it matures up and is available on the higher end phones. BTW, by that time even Canonical Ubuntu mobileOS will be iin exstence and feature wise it seems more promising than the Firefox OS.

  23. Henawder Titsoff
    July 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    There's no one smarter and/or more craftier than a Fox, we all know that. This little animal simply needs a little time to mature, that's all. OPEN OS is many brains on steroids, where as iOS & ANDRO-microchip brain are the reflections of only a few in a lucrative conglomerate. Wait and watch, this little fox just may outwit them all in time. They're smarter than that, there's no need to be a lion to triumph.

  24. Junil M
    July 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    i think the ubuntu mobile os looks much better than the firefox os (to speak of upcoming mobile OS). While ubuntu looks a lot different than what we are used to, firefox os seems like android and since most of the mobile os have not been able to compete with android and iOS, i don't think they could do much in the field of android. but would wish best of luck to these companies as they are two of my most favourite tech companies.

  25. Rob H
    July 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    No, we need consolidation in smartphone operating systems not further fragmentation.
    Firefox is too late - unless it represents a truly massive improvement over the other platforms which seems highly improbable.

  26. Patrick Jackson
    July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I will surely do buy one. Although I would rather wait for some time for a great phone by a manufacturer before buying one.

  27. Rudi N
    July 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

    What I like most about Firefox OS is that everything is so tightly based around HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc (or HTML5, if you prefer) obviously making development of apps that much easier for those who might come from web design backgrounds rather than programming backgrounds. This might mean that we see much prettier apps presented on Firefox OS, because programmers/coders might know the technicalities of making your phone jump through fiery hoops, but it won't do so elegantly in most cases. I'd give it a go, if not maybe take to attempting to make an app or two - but for mobile operating systems, Android is my first choice for functionality, closely followed by Windows Phone for its speed and ease of use. If Firefox OS could maybe combine functionality with ease of use I'd be more inclined to try it out if not switch to it altogether. As far as Firefox goes as a web browser on a PC, I've never gotten on with it, and will never prefer it to even Internet Explorer - I'm a Chrome junkie.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      I find that many mobile apps today are truly gorgeous, but some are incredibly ugly too. I never thought of the move to HTML5 quite this way, interesting thought.

    • Brian O
      July 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Sounds like WebOS. I have a dual boot HP Touchpad but right now my Android OS is not working due to me not upgrading from Cyanogenmod 9 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to CM10 (Jellybean) properly. I have forced to use WebOS exclusively for a while and find for most things, WebOS works better than Android. Playing music from a web site doesn't shut off when I open a new site, unlike Android.

      I was using Android for running apps that aren't available on WebOS and will go back there when I have the time to fix the Android ROM.

      WebOS uses the HTML5 model like FirefoxOS, so I would be curious to see it running on my Touchpad. I also would like to try my hand at mobile app development and mastering the HTML5 tool set looks like a good way to go.

  28. Lisa Santika O
    July 8, 2013 at 2:39 am

    No smartphone, so I'm out of scope of this week's poll. Even if I do, its reliance on web apps (which is by way its 'unique' feature) makes it unappealing to me. However, personally I think it's still to early for one to make such a bold claim on a baby OS. It's still too early to decide on competition. The project can mature if given time and support, but for now I stand unimpressed.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      You're in the scope, you can dump your feature phone for it. :)

      I know the question is dramatic, but answers don't have to be. Thanks for yours!

  29. Selva Kumar
    July 8, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I have always been a fan of firefox and was awaiting the launch of the firefox OS mobile from the day one it was launched. However, my mobile (Motorola Rokr) died on me last month and so had to get an replacement which was an android based mobile. even though not bad, i do see a lag of performance. Would like to give the new firefox mobile a try as they were the pioneers when others were following way back

  30. Jim
    July 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Use FF on the desktop. Don't have a smartphone, but would consider FF_OS phone when moving up.

  31. ReadandShare
    July 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Don't know, haven't seen one yet!

    But if I switch, it will be a combination of two main reasons:

    1. Primary -- Firefox OS will need to convince me on its own merits.

    2. Secondary -- I tend to promote the underdog -- doing my part to minimize monopolies and duopolies -- which I view as ultimately bad for our society.

    Right now, I am pretty happy using Google's Chrome, Contacts, Calender, Voice and Search. But that's a lot already -- for a company that derives most of its income by selling info. on others to others!!

    • ReadandShare
      July 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      OOPS - just realized this article is not polling -- but showing the results of an earlier poll. My bad.

      • Lisa Santika O
        July 8, 2013 at 2:35 am

        No. This is a poll article alright.

      • Yaara Lancet
        July 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

        You got it right, it's a poll, and thanks for your opinion. I also have a tendency to root for the underdogs. :)

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