Firefox OS Phones Available for Developers

A new rival has appeared for iOS, Android, BB10, S40, Windows Phone and Windows RT. If you are familiar with these, you might already have heard about Mozilla's new mobile operating system, Firefox OS.

Firefox OS is built on a Linux kernel and uses B2G (Boot to Gecko), meaning that apps developed on the phone can be entirely built on HTML(5), JavaScript and any other open source web application APIs. While still in development, two new phones based on the new OS have been released by a small Spanish company called Geeksphone. The phones are meant to be able to help developers into an environment where they can build on and experiment with apps, as well as the operating system itself.


The two phones are called Keon and Peak and have the following specifications:

SpecificationKeonPeak
Price€110 ($143)€179 ($234)
Processor1GHz Qualcomm Cortex A51.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8225
RAM512 MB
Storage4 GB
Screen Size3.5 in.4.3 in. qHD IPS
Camera3 MP Back8 MP Back, 2 MP Front
SensorsTri-Band UMTS/HSPA, GPS, Proximity, accelerometer
Battery1580 mAh1800 mAh


Mozilla really needs these phones to make an impression, as it is the only way to effectively get its OS out to developers. Only a very basic emulated version is available for Android and is completely unavailable through any other mobile OS. Once finished, Mozilla expects the OS to spread to other companies such as ZTE, Alcatel, LG Electronics, Huawei and maybe even Sony. The operating system is expected to be released in the United States in 2014. It will be released in an attempt to provide alternatives to fully enclosed software environments such as Google Play and Apple App Store. What are your opinions on this latest addition to the OS market?

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  • Although I am a big Firefox browser fan and it has always been my preferred browser, The new Firefox OS to my opinion is clearly not ready for prime time. I have seen better proprietary OS's that offered more, And from what I have seen of the upcoming Ubuntu mobile OS, There is a lot Firefox could learn from it.
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  • Well, there are to many mobile OS already, but what the heck, if this will make smartphone cheaper and have more user control over their content, then so be it.
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  • 688355 said:
    Although I am a big Firefox browser fan and it has always been my preferred browser, The new Firefox OS to my opinion is clearly not ready for prime time. I have seen better proprietary OS's that offered more, And from what I have seen of the upcoming Ubuntu mobile OS, There is a lot Firefox could learn from it.

    Well, it is definitely still under construction. 1.0.1 and 1.1 are being developed atm. I suspect many release areas will never see the .0 release. By the time it reaches the US next year it'll probably be several updates in. Beyond being more polished it will run on better hardware. Am I saying it will be a smashing success? No, but it should be much better than its current state. I'm curious to see where it goes.
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