Mozilla has introduced two smartphones Developer Preview, which act as a vanguard before the release of Firefox consumer OS later this year. The phones are being developed by Geeksphone – a smartphone Spanish startup – and Telefonica, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world (and also Spanish).
The first phone, dubbed Keon (top right), is very much a budget smartphone. There is a Snapdragon S1 SoC clocked at 1 GHz (probably the newer 45nm Cortex-A5 variety), full support for 3G bands usual and 2G, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. The display is a 3.5-inch hole of 480 × 320 units, and only a 3-megapixel rear shooter, but there is a micro SD slot, GPS, and 802.11n.
The second phone, known as the Peak (above left), is basically the same device – but with a clock speed of 4.3-inch 960 × 540 display, a front-facing camera (and an 8-megapixel rear camera ) and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 at 1.2GHz. It is the enthusiast version, in other words. No word on the price of either device, but is expected to come in Keon around $ 100-150. Both phones will be available “in February.” Both phones, of course, be fully unlocked SIM, and receive over-the-air operating system updates Firefox.
In the last year, has been solidly Mozilla Firefox persevering in OS, which is basically a lightweight distro of Linux that shares some common components with Android. Firefox codename OS is starting to Gecko – and that’s really all you Firefox OS is a Linux distro that automatically loads Gecko. Gecko is the layout engine / rendering used by Firefox, but Firefox OS essentially becomes the application execution, much like Android’s Dalvik.
The theory behind Firefox OS is to provide a truly intelligent open, free of both carrier and oppression Apple / Android – an environment where developers and consumers can Gallivant freely, without the ever-present fear that your data may be subject to somehow misappropriation. It is a good idea, but as we’ve covered before, chance of success Firefox OS is almost nil.
Still, it’s nice to see that Firefox OS is actually coming to market – the choice is good. If you can convince developers to develop applications, and if Telefonica puts some serious push brunt Mozilla open OS in the hands of consumers, there is a chance we might see a grassroots movement similar to that propelled Firefox fame in 2004.