Did you know that half of the population on Earth is still not connected on smartphones? To them, smartphones are a luxury. As 1 billion users are expected to become new smartphone users by 2022, their ideal phone must do well in 3 areas -- price, speed, and features.
All these things are expected, but hard to find.
If they use a feature phone, it is slow and has very few apps.
Puffin OS gives mobile phones at the same price as feature phones a 10-fold performance boost. It expands the user experience of entry-level phones and empowers new Internet citizens.
Introducing Puffin OS
A Puffin OS phone works like the smartphone we’re familiar with, but is available at a fraction of the latter's retail price.
It has a touch screen and numerous apps. In fact, even more apps than what is available in existing proprietary App stores.
It is snappy. Puffin OS can make mobile phones with limited resource (1GB/512MB RAM) run web applications at least 10x faster than standard Android OS. This is made possible by the Avatar Technology, which shifts workload from the local device to an avatar in the cloud.
With the Avatar technology, Puffin OS transforms mobile phones costing $100 or less into performance powerhouses. This turns Puffin OS to be better than any other solution for the next billion users.
Smartphone adoption in emerging economies
Currently 65% of the population in emerging economies are not connected on smartphones (26% in advanced economies). 36% and 19% of the population only have feature phones in emerging and advanced economies, respectively. (Source: PewResearch)
By 2022, 1 billion people are expected to become new smartphone subscribers; hence the term "the next billion users". (Source: Forrester)
The next billion users' current phone choice
As Google’s Android Go failed to deliver excellent performance on mobile phones with limited storage and computing power, Google invested in KaiOS instead. KaiOS phones became the next billion users’ choices of entry-level mobile phones, but the user experience leaves much to be desired.
Smart Feature Phones - KaiOS
KaiOS is an operating system for feature phones to make them “smart”. Since its first phone model release in 2017, more than 100M million devices have been shipped worldwide.
The way that KaiOS makes feature phones “smart” is supporting 4G connection, as well as providing web apps and a web browser based on the Gecko engine used in Mozilla Firefox. The main limitation of KaiOS is that the phone hardware is not good enough for general app usage. The keypad interface makes it difficult to navigate in the OS or perform basic tasks like web browsing.
The minimum hardware requirement for KaiOS phones is 512MB RAM. With this level of hardware, Puffin OS can do much, much more.
The solution: Puffin OS
Puffin OS sees more than a 10-fold increase in performance on existing Android Go phone models whose price is comparable to Smart Feature Phones, after swapping the original Android Go OS to Puffin OS.
Here are some videos of typical user scenarios using Puffin OS (beta) on the prototype of Puffin OS Founder's Phone: (details below).
After installing Puffin OS on a mobile phone priced at $100 or less, the device becomes a performance powerhouse. Compared with Android phones and smart feature phones costing $100 or less, the computing speed offered by Puffin OS phones is at least tenfold.
Even if we include mobile phones up to $200, Puffin OS still outperforms all the Android phones within this price range:
Puffin OS defies hardware boundaries and allows entry-level mobile phones to reach the performance level of high-end models. This is why Puffin OS is better than any other solution for the next billion users.
Avatar Technology - the power behind Puffin OS
Puffin OS makes the impossible possible--by making high performance devices affordable.
Puffin OS's stellar performance is made possible by CloudMosa’s Avatar technology.
This technology creates an avatar of the user's device in Puffin's cloud servers to access data and execute applications on the Internet. Since the avatar runs remotely in high performance computers with connectivity prowess, it can access data and execute applications at high speed efficiently, regardless of the original device’s hardware limitation.
The avatar also protects users' devices by isolating unknown threats on the Internet, away from physical devices.
Puffin OS to mobile phones is just like Google Stadia and XCloud to gaming devices.
Puffin OS is an open platform
Users also have the freedom to convert any websites into mobile Apps. Both developers and users can escape from the restrictions of proprietary App stores and run as many apps as they want.
Web apps can run instantly without having to be downloaded. This not only saves app installation and update time but also the device storage occupied by apps.
Here’s what people are saying...
Puffin OS can bridge the digital divide
Internet is the air, but not everyone can breathe well in it.
With a phone model with the same hardware level of feature phones, users get the power and performance comparable to the best mobile phone in the world, and also the usability from the touchscreen user interfaces.
There should be equality for access and functionality across devices. Puffin OS can bridge the gap in terms of device prowess and put the future in people's hands.
Puffin OS is our solution to the goal of bridging the digital divide. If you identify with our vision and want to play a part in it, please refer to the "About Puffin Donation Reward Package" section for details.
No exploitation or violation of net neutrality
There's no personal identifiable information logged on our cloud servers. The only information we collect is for the purpose of maintaining connection between the avatar and the local device and remembering login sessions and customized settings. Even such logs are purged periodically. Users can safely enjoy the power of Avatar technology without worrying about exploitation.
There are no restrictions on the websites users can access on Puffin OS. The online world we presents to the next billion users is open and resourceful. We do not limit traffic to any specific websites for their corporate benefits.
The reason we go crowdfunding for Puffin OS Phone
We are a software company. The reason that we are producing a hardware model ourselves is simply that there is no existing mobile phone in the market which we can totally customize using our own software solution. All the existing Android phones on the market are preloaded with Android OS bundling Google's Play Framework, which is the main cause of slow performance on entry-level phones, and it can't be removed in the OS. We want to produce a dedicated phone that has entry-level phone specs and preloads our own OS, to show that Puffin OS can indeed speed up the device performance.
However, in hardware production, there is a minimum quantity requirement, and we can't simply consume all the volumes by ourselves. Therefore, we decided to propose this crowdfunding campaign, and invite you to join us to produce the first phone running the revolutionary Puffin OS, funded merely by us and our supporters!
We will call this special phone “Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition”. On this phone, the world’s truly first hand experience of Puffin OS will be delivered. Moreover, we want to invite the owner of Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition to join us to shape the future of Puffin OS by providing us valuable feedback as the earliest adapter of next-generation Puffin OS.
You can read more about the current status of Puffin OS Phone project in the dedicated section below.
Introducing Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition
Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition will be the “reference” phone for Puffin OS. The specifications of Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition will showcase the user experience of Puffin OS on entry-level mobile phone hardware. The phones will be provided at limited quantity and will not be produced again in the future.
It will be provided to the development team as well as the “Founders”, the supporters of this crowdfunding campaign, and will be also provided to the future partners to evaluate Puffin OS.
Specifications of Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition
Please note that the retail price of Puffin OS Phones includes 2-year of operation cost of Puffin Cloud Servers to support the device, so the device is guaranteed to be supported for at least 2 years.
Stretch Goal: better cameras on Puffin OS Phone Founder’s Edition
If this project hits $40,000, the the resolutions of the rear and front cameras on Puffin OS Phone Founder’s Edition will be upgraded to 8MP/5MP respectively. 📸
Current Development Progress of Puffin OS Phone
Currently, the following features of Puffin OS are ready:
- Customized Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for Puffin OS Technical Preview running on several selected devices.
- Implemented customized Network Location Provider to support web app geolocation features.
- Accelerated web apps are available, powered by Puffin Avatar Technology.
- Web app store (as a web app) for web app installation.
The current Puffin OS Technical Preview software is prepared for following devices (by overriding their original Android OS):
- Nokia 1
- Redmi Go
- Several sample phones provided our mobile phone ODM partner, including models with 512MB ram and 1GB ram. (The phone we used to test was not selected for reference of our Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition because the screen quality on this phone is not good enough.)
Please note that the Technical Preview OS is only for closed beta and will not be released to the public for consumer daily use. Certain features are not available on the phone since these phone features (e.g. vendor proprietary protocols, secure boot with proprietary encryption API) are incompatible with vanilla AOSP.
For Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition, we have found a suitable phone model from our ODM partner to be the base model for the Founder's Edition Phone, and also made our Technical Preview OS running on the device.
This base model is from an existing in-production model from our ODM partner. It meets most of our requirements except:
- This model has 2GB of RAM which we don't need, and it raises the phone cost. We will produce mobile phone with just 1GB of RAM.
- This device has 4000 mAh battery which makes the phone too heavy and also raises the cost.
- Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition will not have a fingerprint sensor.
Due to the above differences, we need to ask the our ODM partner to produce another separate phone model for us. Due to the minimum quantity requirement for actual production, we decided to share this phone with more users in this Kickstarter campaign (as described in section "The reason we go crowdfunding for Puffin OS Phone").
Once the funding goal is met, we will kick off the process to produce Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition. We will also start working on dedicated Puffin OS software to support all the hardware features.
EXTRA REWARD! Puffin OS Converter: reviving your Android devices with Avatar technology
In addition to acquiring the reference phone—Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition—to experience Puffin OS, you may wonder if Puffin OS can be installed on your old Android phones. The answer is yes! We're currently developing Puffin OS Converter, which can install Puffin OS on mobile devices running Android 6.0 and later. With a significant performance boost from the Avatar technology, your old device would no longer be sluggish and can gain a new life as your backup device.
This tool will be offered as an extra reward for backers who pledged $40 or more. Here's a demo video:
The plan to use the funds
The funding raised in this crowdfunding project will be used for the following:
- To produce “Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition”. (The funding goal will fulfill the initial deposit of the hardware production)
- Support the software development of the Puffin OS to complete the remaining features and prepare the software OS for Founder’s Edition phone.
- Provide the operation costs of cloud servers for the Founder’s Edition phones.
When the funding goal is reached (to fulfill the initial deposit of the mobile phone hardware production), we will start the actual production of the Founder’s Edition phone.
Expected Project Schedule
Please also refer to "Risk and challenges" section in the end of this page.
Rewards for Backers
We really appreciate the earliest support for Puffin OS and we will prepare the following rewards to the backers of our crowdfunding campaign:
Backers will be listed as “Puffin OS Founders” in the Puffin OS About Page for all future Puffin OS Phones, not only on Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition.
Backers will be invited to join the closed group of “Puffin OS Founders”, not only to directly communicate with the development team, but also participate in the future development by getting the earliest news updates about Puffin OS.
Backers who choose the Puffin OS Phone package will receive the Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition - which is designed by the development team for the earliest adopters of Puffin OS.
About Puffin Donation Reward Package
Staying true to our vision of bridging the digital divide with powerful yet affordable mobile devices, we are providing a "Puffin Donation" reward package. For reward pledge, we will donate 10 Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition to charity and use the phones to bridge the digital divide.
Currently, we are looking for charity/NPO/social enterprises that accept donation of Puffin OS Phone devices in the following directions (but not limited to):
- Woman's Right: Provide equality to women in technology and internet access.
- Education: Give equal opportunities to students without access or with limited access to internet for educational purposes.
If you are a representative of charity/NPO/social enterprises and believes that Puffin OS phones can help your cause, please don't hesitate to contact us.
About CloudMosa - the developers of Puffin OS and the Avatar Technology
CloudMosa's mission is to empower the world's phones through cloud computing and make them universally powerful and useful.
Founded in 2009 by Dr. Shioupyn Shen, formerly of Google and Microsoft, CloudMosa is an international development company focusing on Cloud Computing for Mobile Internet, with team members based in Cupertino, California, U.S.A and Taipei, Taiwan. Its flagship mobile application, the Puffin Web Browser, is best known for its superb Adobe Flash support on iOS and Android platforms. Puffin is well received globally and awarded iTunes’ “Best of 2014” in over 120 countries.
Puffin Browser has already reached 100 million users worldwide and is the top utility app in the App Store in 58 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and more. It is now the #5 top browser in the US and is now one of the recommended browser options to Android users in Europe.
The key technology behind the Puffin Web Browser is the Avatar Technology – transform any devices into high speed, high security and high efficiency Internet computing end-point. In addition to its superior speed thanks to Avatar Technology, Puffin Browser has numerous unique features, including Adobe Flash support, mobile data compression and Internet access security.
With the Avatar Technology and the successful experience on Puffin Browser, we hope Puffin OS can change the correlation of the price and performance on mobile phones, and make high performance devices affordable, too.
Risks and challenges
The Puffin OS software is almost ready. Our team is working hard on refining and testing it on Puffin OS Founder’s phone and other supported devices. The first official version will be shipped with Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition, which will be produced by a mobile phone ODM.
According to our plan, 90-120 days are given to the production window for the manufacturing the Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition, and the phone should be delivered by the ODM in 70 days after placing the order. While delays due to factors outside of our control might occur, the hardware specs of Puffin OS Phone Founder's Edition will be derived from another model which is already in mass production stage by the manufacturer for their customers, with only modifications not risky to seriously affect the production time. so the chance of delays should be very low. We will make our best effort to communicate any and all changes should they arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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