Mozilla Debuts Firefox Smartphones for Developers
Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, have just announced a pair of smartphones running its forthcoming mobile operating system. The devices, dubbed Keon and Peak and crafted by Geeksphone, will only be offered to developers in the hopes of encouraging third-party embrace for the platform. While devices for consumers are expected to follow sometime this year, the developer devices will likely serve as reference hardware. The Keon uses a low-power Snapdragon S1 processor that powers a 3.5-inch HVGA display and features a 3-megapixel camera and 4GB of storage. The higher-performance Peak developer device sports a Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, 8-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage.
For those unfamiliar, Firefox OS is an open-source platform that utilizes HTML5 apps from both Mozilla’s web services and third-party developers. Firefox OS will extend to both PC and mobile devices, much like Ubuntu.
While pricing for the prototype devices remains unknown, developers can contact Mozilla and Geeksphone to order a device starting today.
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By Scott Lowe