World’s very first HTML5-based smartphones featuring new Firefox Mobile OS are scheduled to ship this week.
Two mid range Firefox phones Keon and Peak by Spanish company GeeksPhone are to be available in Madrid and online at shop.geeksphone.com/en/ today, April 23rd. Both GeeksPhone Keon and Peak were first introduced in January. Both phones feature the new browser-centered Firefox OS.
Keon sports 3.5-inch HVGA touch display and 3 megapixel camera. It runs 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 (7225AB) processor with 0.512 GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The battery is of 1580 mAh. It will sell for $119 with taxes included.
Peak costs $194 taxes in. It runs a 1.2Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (8225) processor with same storage and memory. It has two cameras, front facing 2 megapixel and rear 8 megapixel camera with flash and 4.3-inch qHD IPS touch display. The power-pack is 1800 mAh.
Both have MicroSD card for storage expansion, and their connectivity is Wifi N, and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR.
Firefox Mobile OS has same Linux kernel used under ndroid runtime OS with vast customization options as a true open-source OS with a ‘Gonk’ hardware abstraction layer implementing all the different drivers for different smartphone components (display, Bluetooth module, USB, etc), and then the multi-platform Gecko browser engine sitting on top, managing the UI and all the installed apps. The UI for the Firefox OS is codenamed Gaia UI. The attractive part to this open source OS especially for developers is that it has no limitations. Apps created for this OS are to be scalable for all devices, large or small. Even carriers can tweak this OS to push special offers to their clients.
Firefox OS will become available in next few months. First countries to get this open source OS will be Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico in the Americas and Hungary, Spain, Poland, and Serbia in Europe. Geeksphone will ship worldwide, so developers and Firefox fans from all over the world can pick either Peak or Keon right away. First phones should leave factory on Friday. Geeksphone can output about 5000 phones a day, so hopefully orders will start rolling in.
Many OEMs are already involved with designing and making HTML5 phones based on Firefox OS. ZTE is said to work on their first Firefox phone. Sony HTML5 phone is in the works planned to be launched early 2014. Alcatel One Touch Fire will come next, expected to be launched in June. The biggest smartphone maker Samsung announced it will not get involved with Mozilla’s venture as it has resources tied up in another HTML5 project. Samsung Tizen smartphone is to be launched in August.
Geeksphone has been founded by GeeksPhone was founded in 2009 by Javier Agüera and Rodrigo Silva-Ramos. Here is a video of a founder of Geeksphone Javier. He is 20 years old and started 4 years ago (Javier was 16 years old!!)
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