Thursday, January 31, 2013

Firefox Releases Phone… But Only for Developers

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Tons of people use the Firefox browser as an alternative to Internet Explorer or Safari.  With flavors for both Windows & Mac, the browser has become the "go to" for lots of computer users.  There are even a mobile version for Android although Firefox did pull it's iOS version from the App Store a while back.
 
Now comes word of a true mobile operating system from Firefox.  The OS is already running a new type of smart phone, but alas even a diehard geek like me can't get my hands on one, although I'd love to see one in my hands… at least for a while.
 
The reason?  Firefox has created a limited number of these devcies and they are getting them to developers so that they can develop apps for the device.
 
If you like to read the entire announcement with all the details, it's available here.  Otherwise, here is some info from the website announcing the phone:
 

Firefox OS is a new mobile operating system built entirely using open web standards. In Firefox OS, HTML5 apps can do “phone things” – they can make the phone vibrate, make a phone call 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. These developer phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica. We are looking to make them available inFebruary.

Updated: Added the two phone models and their specifications below.

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 proximity 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 proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera).
  • Battery 1800 mAh.

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. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web. A web based on open standards and open technologies. We couldn’t have done this without web developers. 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.

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