Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Firefox Phone Quickly Becoming A Reality

Back in July of last year Mozilla announced plans to develop the Firefox OS, promising we'd see the new operating system on a few smartphones in the coming months. That promise has come one step closer to realty as the company has announced the Firefox OS developer phone.

These developer preview phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonic. The first phone, dubbed Keon, according to creator Geekphone's website, features a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon S1 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, WiFi, and a 3-megapixel camera. It will be continually updated with OTA OS updates, and will be carrier-unlocked, so devs can tinker to their heart's content.

The second more powerful phone will be dubbed Peak. It's got a 4.3-inch qHD screen, 8-megapixel back-facing camera (with flash) and 2-megapixel shooter round the front. A 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and larger 1800mAh battery. Storage, RAM and connectivity specs are the same as the smaller Keon.

Looking to build a bit of a following for the new platform Mozilla has put together Firefox OS App Days, a worldwide set of 20+ hack days happening this week. At each App Day event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, hack, share and celebrate Firefox OS, Mozilla’s open source operating system for the mobile web. Technologists and developers from the Mozilla community will present tools and technology built to extend and support the Web platform, including mobile Web APIs to access device hardware features such as the accelerometer.

Firefox OS App Days launch on 19 January and continue through 2 February, with the majority of the events taking place on 26 January. This wiki page has a master list of all the events and their registration forms, from Sao Paulo to Warsaw to Nairobi to Wellington — and many more.

There has been no word on pricing or availability of either device, however more information can be obtained through the Mozilla Hacks Blog or GeeksPhone (we love that name)

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