Fairphone company which aims to produce the first ethical mobile phone, revealed their “cost breakdown“, where they explain the 325 EUR price tag and how this will be divided between production and organizational costs. It is nicely presented in a graphical PDF file.
While looking forward about obtaining one out of 25000 ethicaly made Fairphones through pre-order, which are announced for December, Fairphone has recently announced their own custom made Operating System, which will be based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. It will be designed by Kwamecorp. The main benefits of the new interface are:
- Edge Swipe: quick use of your chosen favorite apps
- Last Used & Most Used: learning from you to easily categorize the apps you use the most
- Battery Usage Background: an optional layer on top of the wallpaper, which corresponds background color with battery usage status
- Peace of Mind: a conceptual tool that allows you to designate a certain amount of time to be disconnected from the digital world
Kwame explained their approach as taking the stock Android, expanding on its awesomeness, while also taking a new perspective: in an environment with constant notification systems, Kwamecorp is developing something that can balance the need to be connected with a more calming user experience.
The GNU project was started 30 years ago by Mr. Richard Matthew Stallman with it’s primary goal to distribute completely free (free as in freedom) software. It includes more than 80% of the code shared by todays popular systems often mistakenly called Linux (Linux is just a kernel, which was the missing part at that time, when GNU existed and was developed by Mr. Linus Torvalds in 1991), so the proper name for operational system is GNU+Linux. GNU/Linux is being used worldwide today with various distributions and in professional setups on Mobile phones, Embedded systems, PDA’s, Notebooks, PC’s, Servers and Mainframes and has already gained a large recognition. Congratulations to all the people involved and mostly to Mr. Stallman for striving so hard through the years for the recognition of the system.