Mozilla announces two Firefox OS developer phones in partnership with Geeksphone

Daniel Bader

January 22, 2013 10:36am

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Mozilla has announced its first two developer phones on which to test its upcoming Firefox OS. While they’re not going to break any speed records, they will allow developers to create apps and games based on Mozilla’s mobile APIs as well as play around with the pre-installed software like the browser, gallery, media, camera, Twitter, Facebook and maps.

The developer phones, called Keon and Peak, are going to run software created with HTML5. According to an accompanying blog post, “HTML5 apps can do ‘phone things’ – they can make the phone vibrate, make a phone call or send a text message.” The company behind the product, Geeksphone, is not well known in North America but it is based out of Madrid, Spain, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see some hands-on videos with the Keon and Peak devices at Mobile World Congress.

The phones don’t have earth-shattering specs, but since the infrastructure of Firefox OS is based on web standards it doesn’t need much horsepower. The Keon is as follows:

CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz
UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
Screen 3.5″ HVGA Multitouch
3 MP Camera
MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
1580 mAh battery
Over the air updates
Unlocked, add your own SIM card

The Peak is as follows:

CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz x2.
UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE).
Screen 4.3″ qHD IPS Multitouch.
Camera 8 MP (back) + 2 MP (front).
4 GB (ROM) and 512 (RAM).
MicroSD, Wifi N, Light & Prox. Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera).
Battery 1800 mAh.

Both devices will work on Canadian 3G at 1900Mhz but they lack the 850Mhz band necessary for true compatibility. These devices are being marketed for the European market, which will likely be more receptive to its charms than a North American market saturated with iOS and Android.

The beauty of Firefox OS is outlined in the accompanying blog post.

Why develop for Firefox OS?

– Keep the web open. Support the open web and help make sure the power of the web is available to everyone – even on mobile devices.
– Simplicity. Develop on a single technology stack (HTML5/CSS/JavaScript/new WebAPIs) and deliver across the web and devices.
– Freedom. You’re not locked in to a vendor-controlled ecosystem. You can distribute your app through the Firefox Marketplace, your own website, or any other store based on Mozilla’s open app store technology.

Source: Mozilla, Geeksphone
Via: Gizmodo

  • Paul_Zelmore

    A New OS would be really cool! Too bad about the probable Europe only aim 🙁

    • spanky

      meh,interesting but pass

  • skazzers

    Chrome killed firefox. RIP FireFox. This OS is dead on arrival.

    • Hub

      Chrome didn’t kill Firefox. You have been misinformed, Mr Troll.

  • d

    Oh look, it is the Lumia iPhone 4s and 5.

  • Francois

    I get this feeling a company who shall not be named is going to sue them for that home button…

  • Henaway

    Mozilla and Canonical need to team up and combine this Firefox OS with Ubuntu Phone. They’re both slogging the same “HTML5 Apps” schtick. Which, I’m sure, will be just fine for a lot of things. But native code will generally always be faster.

    • Hub

      Canonical teaming up? Mwaaaahhh !!!! Just the idea is funny. The reality is the twilight zone.

    • schultzter

      The points is that HTML5 is native on this phone.

  • Toobadbrad

    Remind me of the INQ cloud touch phones…YUK!

  • TKG

    last thing the mobile market needs is more fragmentation:
    Dumb phones
    iOS x various versions
    Android x various versions
    Windows x various versions
    Blackberry x various versions

    • Hub

      How many of these platforms are really open?

  • IOS

    All we need is an iOS

  • 45

    I suppose competition is nice, but I don’t really see the need for this.

  • Miknitro

    I agree, I doubt there’s enough interest to keep it afloat long. Seems like a waste of resources.

    After their done paying all related patent fees to the big boys, will there be any money left over?

  • Jeremy

    The joy of a real HTML5 app is that it is really write once, run anywhere there’s a web browser. Apple makes HTML5 fast but only in safari. There’s some great demos that show it off. Check it out.

    it’s good that there will be multiple implementations. Keeps everyone coding to the standard rather than the mess we had with IE6.

    FirefoxOS might not be the best for higher end phones but these will show if putting the browser closer to the hardware will mean that HTML5 apps can run well on low end phones.