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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Mozilla Firefox OS Phones
Mozilla today unveiled two new developer preview phones that feature the browser maker's new Firefox OS.
The phones - dubbed Keon and Peak - are being developed via Spanish phone maker GeeksPhone in partnership with Telefonica.
"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," Mozilla said in a blog post.
The Keon (above) 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 Peak (right) is a "powerful" device, GeeksPhone said. 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.
"Developer preview phones will help make the mobile Web more accessible to more people," Mozilla said. "Developers are critical to the Web and to Mozilla's mission to make the Web accessible to everyone."
"Now we are working on bringing the power of the web to mobile, through Firefox OS, along with all the power of open standards and an open community, and once again, we'd like to invite web developers to join us," the company said.
Mozilla said the Keon and Peak will be available via GeeksPhone in February; pricing information was not released. Until then, those who want to try out Firefox OS can do so via the browser-based Firefox OS simulator or install Firefox OS on their own hardware.
Mozilla first announced that its standalone, mobile operating system - codenamed Boot to Gecko - would be known as Firefox OS last summer. TCL Communication Technology and ZTE were named as its first manufacturing partners, and Mozilla said the first Firefox OS-powered devices would appear in Brazil via Telefonica in early 2013. Operators like Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, and Telenor have also committed to offering Firefox OS devices.
Mozilla showed off an early demo of Firefox OS at last year's MWC.