The first is the the Keon(right) is a low end budget smartphone. There's a Snapdragon S1 SoC clocked at 1GHz, full support for the usual 3G and 2G bands, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. The display is a pokey 3.5-inch 480×320 unit, and there's only a 3-megapixel rear shooter, but there is a micro SD slot, GPS, and 802.11n.
The second phone is the Peak (left), similiar device, difference is it has a 4.3-inch 960×540 display, a front-facing camera, an 8MP rear camera, and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.2GHz. It's the enthusiast version, in other words.
No pricing available for either device, though the Keon will hopefully come in at around $100-150. Both phones will be available "in February." Both phones, of course, will be fully SIM unlocked, and will receive over-the-air Firefox OS updates.
GeekPhone says both Firefox OS developer smartphones will be available starting next month.
Sony announced its plans to develop and introduce a Firefox device next year. Sony could be right on in deciding to launch a Firefox Device and this could also mean that the open-source OS may actually have a chance to create a niche in a competitive market dominated by Android and IOS. According to reports, the CEO validates the project that combines Firefox and HTML 5 technologies and it sounds promising.
This news was revealed in an event held by both the Spanish carrier Telefonica and Sony, wherein the Sony devices that will be offered by the carrier were announced.
Other manufacturers have also expressed interest in developing Mozilla phones such as Alcatel, LG, ZTE and Huawei and it's only been weeks since the Firefox OS has been announced. Let's wait and see.
Andy Rubin had good words about Firefox OS and says he "feels friendly toward them." The head also commended Mozilla's open platform and says Mozilla might be able to accomplish what Android has not in terms of memory and hardware developments.
Furthermore, Mozilla might also be able to reach markets that they cannot and he is optimistic that in the end, when people get internet access, Google will actually benefit through searches and that competition is good for the industry.
Mozilla's performance remains to be seen and with its partnership with other equipment manufacturers, it might just have a place in the industry where the competition is concentrated between two key players and all the other small ones put together do not pale in comparison to either Android or IOS.
After beta testing its latest version, the Firefox 19 is slated to be released officially on February 19th but no word yet from Mozilla on their site. Firefox-loyalists will surely appreciate Mozilla's move to include a PDF viewer in place of the non-secure Adobe. Furthermore, it also has an Android version that features ARMv6 and comes with a Google search widget.
Aside from bug and speed fixes, it the new Firefox 19 is said to be friendlier for developers and it allows users to view PDFs directly on the browser. Things are getting exciting for Mozilla, with its Google collaboration and other plans of developing Firefox for phones.
However, people should always remember that Mozilla is well-loved because it is open-source and supposedly free from clout of tech bigwigs like Google and Microsoft. With these developments, things might also be viewed as largely unlike what Mozilla is about. Let's wait and see.
- NEW: Built-in PDF viewer.
- CHANGED: Canvas elements can export their content as an image blob using canvas.toBlob().
- CHANGED: Startup performance improvements (bugs 715402 and 756313).
- DEVELOPER: Debugger now supports pausing on exceptions and hiding non-enumerable properties.
- DEVELOPER: Remote Web Console is available for connecting to Firefox on Android or Firefox OS (experimental, set devtools.debugger.remote-enabled to true).
- DEVELOPER: There is now a Browser Debugger available for add-on and browser developers (experimental, set devtools.chrome.enabled to true).
- DEVELOPER: Web Console CSS links now open in the Style Editor.
- HTML5: CSS @page is now supported.
- HTML5: CSS viewport-percentage length units implemented (vh, vw, vmin and vmax).
- HTML5: CSS text-transform now supports full-width.
- FIXED: Starting Firefox with -private flag incorrectly claims you are not in Private Browsing mode
Mozilla's upcoming smartphone, outfitted with the new Firefox OS is said to be coming to other places first before it can come to the US. Emerging markets will be first among those who would love to get their hands on the all-new Firefox OS.
The smartphone OS will be available in Brazil, Spain, Venezuela, Portugal and in Poland. These countries will get to test the maiden launch of the Firefox OS by Mozilla, according to Gary Kovacs, Mozilla's CEO. By year-end, more countries will get to experience the smartphone OS.
On the other hand, US and Europe will probably get to try it after this year, possibly first quarter of 2014. The reason for this is that Mozilla chose to focus on emerging markets, that are much easier to penetrate than compete with existing platforms and high-end devices in US and Europe, namely Android and IOS. This could be a double-edged sword for Mozilla, since emerging markets can actually build the hype for the US and European markets to follow OR this may also become a reason for these markets to get bored waiting for the platform to come to their shores.
In an interview with DigiTimes, Mozilla's Asia Operations President said that the company doesn't plan to collaborate with ODMs for making and selling own-branded Firefox OS smarthpones. If there will be Mozilla-branded smartphones, these "would be primarily used as reference models rather than for large-scale sale."
Q: Can Firefox OS smartphones be regarded as Mozilla's own-brand products, or are they joint branded with vendors?
A: No. Mozilla just provides an operating system and online store of Firefox OS-based applications. China-based ZTE, TCL and Huawei as well as LG and Sony Mobile will launch Firefox OS smartphones for sale under their brands through cooperation with mobile telecom carriers.
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