Mozilla has launched its debut Firefox operated smartphones, Keon and Peak in cooperation with Spanish operator Telefonica and Geeksphone, which is based in Madrid. These two handsets have been called by the Mozilla team as “developer handsets”, which will be used to test the new Firefox OS. Mozilla has already cleared that they will not be making any hardware to run this OS. But they have now came forth with two smartphones to test their new Operating Systems. The newly coined Firefox OS relies largely on web technologies like Canonical's Ubuntu for phones, Sailfish from upstart Jolla, and Tizen, which is made by Samsung Electronics and Intel. This new operating system is a direct threat to Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The company invites developers to try its new operating system. Firefox OS is built entirely using open web standards. In Firefox OS, HTML5 apps can do applications like make a phone call, vibrate the phone or send a text message. “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 its official blog.
Mozilla hopes that developers will rise up to its expectation that the Firefox OS will boost up the exploration of web technologies. Earlier reports of Firefox having tie ups with ZTE and recent cooperation with Telefonica indicates that it has already got enough back up. Keon and Peak, though preview phones, are able to attract the attention of the tech world.
The main features of Keon are:
It has a 3.5” HVGA multi- touch screen. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz as its CPU and 1580 mAh battery. The phone has a memory of 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM and a microSD slot to expand its memory. It has a 3 MP rear camera too. As far as the connectivity facilities are concerned, Keon has Wifi N, Light and proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS and MicroUSB. It also has GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE) and UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
The salient features of Peak model are:
It has 4.3” qHD IPS multi touch screen with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2 GHz x2. The device has 4 GB ROM and 512 RAM with a microSD card slot to expand its memory. The rear camera has 8MP with flash light and front camera has 2MP. Peak is powered by 1800 mAh battery. For its connectivity, Peak has Wifi N, Light and proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS and MicroUSB. It has GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE) and UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
Keon appears in an Orange tinge whereas Peak is all White. Though nothing has been revealed about the pricing, both Keon and Peak are labelled as the low cost rivals to Android. It is said to carry a price tag of $100, that is nearly 5,400/- Indian rupees. The first bunch of phones are to be shipped in coming February. When Firefox OS was introduced in CES 2013, it was evident that Mozilla is full steam ahead in moulding Firefox operated smartphone with a low budget.
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