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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mozilla unveiled developer preview phones for its Firefox OS



Mozilla today unveiled two new developer preview phones that feature the browser maker's Firefox OS. The new operating system is expected to launch sometime this year which is expected to have name: Boot 2 Gecko or B2G.

The OS is based on the underlying Linux kernel modified for Android, but will use HTML, CSS and Javascript for better experience. We hope that with the usage of only web programming, Mozilla will deliver something uncommon. By the way, here are the FAQs  provided by Mozilla.

There will be two devices for Firefox OS developer preview: Keon, a lower end device and Peak, a higher end device.

Mozilla said in their blog post 
This week we are announcing our new Firefox OS developer preview phones because we believe that developers will help bring the power of the web to mobile. These developer phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica and Geeksphone.
According to Geeksphone, Peak is a "powerful" device. It is slightly larger with a 4.3-inch qHD IPS touch screen. There's an 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing one. It also has 4GB of storage, MicroSD, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It runs a 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 1800 mAh battery.


The Keon is described as "light and versatile but also powerful." It features a 3.5-inch touch screen, 3-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage, as well as MicroSD, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, GPS, and more. It runs a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 and a 1580mAh battery.


The specs of Firefox Developer phone preview are as follows as provided by Mozilla 

  • 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
  • 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
  • 1580 mAh battery
  • Over the air updates
  • Unlocked, add your own SIM card


Mozilla hasn’t announced availability of the devices yet beyond a general February release timeframe, or how they will be distributed, but it has announced Firefox OS App Days, which will take place this week and allow developers to come together to learn Firefox OS. No word on if this hardware might make an appearance at those events. The phone is still under development, in partnership with Geeksphone and Telefonica, and it’s unclear how much it will cost or when it will officially launch.

Following are some images of Firefox OS as provided by TechnoBuffalo [Click on each image to view original size]








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