First Firefox OS phones arrive Tuesday for developers

Mozilla Firefox logoA small Spanish company called Geeksphone will begin selling two smartphones on Tuesday that are geared for developers who want to build apps for Firefox OS -- or for that matter, to build Mozilla's open-source browser-based operating system itself.

As previewed earlier this year, Geeksphone has two models, the Keon at 110 euros including VAT ($143) and the Peak at 179 euros ($234) including VAT.

That's a notch cheaper than high-end unlocked smartphones you'll find, like the $574.99 HTC One, an Android phone that just went on sale. But the low price is part of the point of Firefox OS: Mozilla and a sizeable group of Firefox OS allies argue that their browser-based approach will let them get away with lower-end, cheaper hardware to make the phones affordable in developing markets such as Brazil.

Смартфоны на Firefox OS поступили в продажу

Mainstream Firefox OS phones will come from ZTE, Alcatel, LG Electronics, Huawei, and likely in 2014, from Sony, too.

Both the Geeksphones models will come with a prerelease version of Firefox OS. Hardware specs are as follows:

  • The Keon has a 1Ghz Qualcomm Cortex-A5 processor, 3.5-inch multitouch screen, tri-band UMTS/HSPA radio, 3-megapixel camera, GPS receiver, proximity sensor, accelerometer, 4GB of storage, 512 MB RAM, and 1580 mAh battery.
  • The Peak has a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8225 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, 4.3-inch multitouch qHD IPS screen, 8-megapixel back-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, GPS receiver, proximity sensor, accelerometer, tri-band UMTS/HSPA radio, and 1800mAh battery.

A mobile foothold

For Mozilla, a lot rides on the Keon and Peak. They're a big step in its plan to try to gain a foothold in the mobile technology market that so far has eluded the nonprofit organization.


Mozilla has a version of Firefox for Android, but it's not widely used, and it's essentially barred from even trying to bring its own browser engine to Windows Phone, Windows RT, and iOS.

Thus, Mozilla hopes its own operating system will catch on, with a boost from some big-name carriers, and help it pursue its agenda of openness.

Even though consumer-oriented Firefox OS phones won't arrive until some months later, when Telefonica and other carriers bring them to market, these developer phones will be how programmers get their first crack at Firefox OS on real hardware. It's been possible to develop for the phones using an emulator, but that's not the real thing when it comes to issues such as touch-screen response and tilt sensitivity.

In principle, Firefox OS has a big head start when compared to other mobile operating systems such as iOS, Windows Phone 7, and Android. Those operating systems all needed their own software before they were useful to consumers; iOS launched with nothing but what Apple supplied, and Android wasn't much better.

Source: CNET

Tags: Firefox OS, smartphones

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