The Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday unveiled two preview smartphones as it
invited developers to try its new open-source mobile operating system
challenging Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
The announcement marked a
major step forward for the new Firefox OS mobile operating system which
is being built using open Web standards, like its Firefox Web browser.
two preview phones being offered come from the small Spanish-based
manufacturer GeeksPhone, the first in what the nonprofit group hopes
will be a series of low-cost smartphones which can be sold around the
"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," said a blog posting from Stormy Peters,
head of websites and developer engagement at Mozilla.
The developer phones are being made by GeeksPhone in partnership with the Spanish carrier Telefonica.
"If you're a developer interested in Web technologies and mobile, now is the time to try out Firefox OS," Peters said.
operating system, she said, is an effort to "keep the Web open" and
"help make sure the power of the Web is available to everyone even on
By using the open platform, she said, "you're
not locked in to a vendor-controlled ecosystem. You can distribute your
app through the Firefox Marketplace, your own website, or any other
store based on Mozilla's open app store technology."
non-profit group's so-called Boot to Gecko project will go after
Google's Android or Apple's iOS, to create an alternative which could
generate smartphones that are less expensive than an iPhone while
offering similar experiences to those running on other platforms.
said on its website that the two new phones were named Keon, with a 3.5
inch display, and Peak, with a larger 4.3 inch screen. Both will use
Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.
- 3.5-inch HVGA multitouch display
- 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor
- 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
- 3-megapixel camera
- 1580 mAh battery
- 4.3-inch qHD IPS multitouch display
- 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
- 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera
- 4GB ROM and 512 RAM
- 1800 mAh battery