Mozilla announces Firefox OS developer preview phone

Mozilla had previously announced Firefox OS in February, 2012. It’s an all new smartphone OS from Mozilla, and as the name itself suggests, it’s a HTML5 based operating system. It has been built entirely using open standards and in this OS, a developer can make the phone do things such as call and vibrate, all using HTML5. Of course Firefox OS will have a tough time cracking the competion posed by Android and iOS, and now that we have Windows Phone 8 and upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, the competition has just got harder.

Mozilla had released an emulator for developers to build apps for the device, and now they have announced two new test devices, Keon and Peak, which will run the Firefox OS in real world device. According to Mozilla, these developer preview phones will bring the power of web to mobile. These developer phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica and Geeksphone and should be available in February.

“Developer preview phones will help make the mobile web more accessible to more people. Developers are critical to the web and to Mozilla’s mission to make the web accessible to everyone,” Stormy Peters, director of developer engagement at Mozilla, said in a blog post on Tuesday. “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 Keon is the lower specced model whereas the Peak has better specs. These are stricly developer models, and not for retail. Though the competition in the smartphone world is very tough right now, Firefox OS can still make into lower powered devices which ultimately translates to low cost smartphone, and we know the demand for such phones.

The lower spec’d Keon is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 3-megapixel camera and 4GB of internal storage. Other features include support for microSD, Wi-Fi (N) and GPS. There’s no front-facing camera.
The higher speced Peak model is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera on the rear and 4GB of internal storage. Unlike Keon, it has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a bigger battery pack.
Below are the detailed specs of both the devices:

The Keon model
⦁ 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

The Peak model
⦁ CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz x2.
⦁ UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
⦁ GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE).
⦁ Screen 4.3″ qHD IPS Multitouch.
⦁ Camera 8 MP (back) + 2 MP (front).
⦁ 4 GB (ROM) and 512 (RAM).
⦁ MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera).
⦁ Battery 1800 mAh.

Source: Official