After working on its operating system for quite some time, Mozilla today announced its first Firefox OS smartphones for developers to have their hands on the functions and features of the OS. The OS is based on HTML 5 and, hence, is being considered to offer relatively more open source to the developers, which would let them create applications with a better set of features. The new developer preview phone revealed is being developed by a small Spanish company called GeeksPhone in partnership with Telefonica, which is one of the first carriers to show support for the new platform.
The Keon sports a 3.5-inch HVGA multitouch display and packs in a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor. Also, on board is a 3.0-megapixel camera, microSD card slot, light and proximity sensors, G-Sensor and GPS. On connectivity front it comes with MicroUSB port and has support for Wi-Fi and 3G. Apart from these, it offers 4GB memory along with 512MB of RAM and houses a 1580 mAh battery.
There also is a mention of another phone to run Firefox OS on the GeeksPhone website; however, it is not yet confirmed when it will be available to developers. The phone, called Peak, carries a better set of features than the Keon. Sporting a 4.3inch qHD IPS multitouch screen, the Peak will be powered by a 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. It will have an 8.0-megapixel rear camera with flash and unlike the Keon, will also feature a 2.0-megapixel front camera. Though the memory size is same as the Keon’s, it will be backed by a larger 1800mAh battery.
These smartphones have been made available for developers as of now; however, we can expect some commercial announcements to be made at next month’s MWC in Barcelona.