Remember the guys who tried to make the Nextbit some years back? Well, they are back with a new project called Puffin OS and they claim that their smartphone OS will make budget devices that cost less than $100 which compete with flagship and premium device.
A statement on Puffin OSs website hails the operating system’s ‘avatar technology’:
Puffin OS is an open platform mobile OS derived from Android and use the Avatar Technology to shift workload from the local device to an avatar in the cloud.
On traditional mobile phones, the price and performance are highly correlated. High-performance devices are pricier, affordable devices are slow and crappy.
With the Avatar technology, Puffin OS transforms mobile phones costing $100 or less into performance powerhouses.
The Avatart Technology is said to run in “high performance computers on robust cloud infrastructure, it can execute applications efficiently, regardless the original device’s hardware limitations. “
They also posted the following benchmark:
The same web page also suggests that the phone will be optimized for running web applications:
Unlike other proprietary platforms, Puffin OS is free from the regulations and exploitation on developers and users.
Users have the freedom to install web apps from the web app store or from any website.
Puffin OS can convert any existing websites in the form of web apps. Instantly unlock more than 1.5 billion websites into web apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, etc.
Web apps can run instantly without having to download the apps. This not only saves app installation and update time, but also saves the device storage occupied by apps
One of the claims is that Puffin OS will also require no storage to store these 1.5 billion applications, since they are web-apps.
Whilst this sounds pretty interesting, there will be some scepticism since the concept is coming from a company that tried and failed to launch a cloud-based smartphone OS before.