CloudMosa hasnít learned the lesson of Nextbit and will soon be Kickstarting a cloud-powered Puffin OS and a phone. Itís based on Android, though similarly to KaiOS it will focus on web apps. Puffinís claim to fame is since the phone offloads computation to cloud servers, very low cost phones can outperform Android handsets that cost several times more.
We donít mean to sound negative, but there have been multiple attempts go all-in on web apps (including the original iPhone and Firefox OS phones), none have succeeded. Also, Chrome already has a data compression feature on both desktop and mobile.
As for the higher performance thanks to cloud computing, itís a matter of throughput vs. latency Ė cloud servers can outperform any mobile chipset, however network delays mean you donít see the results instantly.
According to OpenSignal, the average latency on AT&Tís LTE network was 54.1ms (other US carriers were slower). Thatís slow for apps, but maybe acceptable.
For games, itís a total no-go (Googleís Stadia doesnít just happen, it uses new tech and the game servers are co-located with the Internet providerís hardware to reduce latency as much as possible).
CloudMesa also claims web apps have other advantages Ė they ďinstallĒ instantly and donít take up any storage. But since a 128GB microSD card is < $20, storage is not a concern for many. Plus, caching files to local storage means faster startup times (again, itís a matter of latency).
Puffin OSís landing page currently lacks one important number Ė the monthly cost. CloudMosa has a Chrome-based browser that cost $2 a month to use (currently discounted to $12 a year).
Admittedly, CloudMosa claims that its browser gets fixing security vulnerabilities faster than other vendors (Google, Mozilla, etc.), which justifies the cost. Still, paid browsers went the way of the dodo after Firefox launched all those years ago (yes, Internet Explorer used to cost money).
Anyway, the OS canít be offered for free (the company behind it is funded by venture capital), so the price should be included in the cost calculations. Until thatís cleared up, as well as concerns about network latency, we remain skeptical.
The Kickstarter will offer a custom ďFoundersí editionĒ smartphone with Puffin OS, itís not clear if the OS can be installed on existing Android phones like Sailfish can.
No thanks. Decent phone with android is cool enough.
This is all build on the promise that the internet your are using is crazy fast and always consistent. is that the case everywhere in the world .. it think not. despite our reliance on it everyday .. speed and quality have not moved much.
we're talking about the puffin OS, and the internet speed in our country since its cloud base. 0_o