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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MOZILLA LAUNCHES THE FIREFOX SMARTPHONES

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Earlier today Mozilla (The people that make the popular web browser, FireFox) announced the availability of device specifically built to run their new mobilephone Operating System, The FireFoxOS. The FireFoxOS which runs on it's boot to gecko platform (that powers it windows and Mac browsers), and was created using open web standards like the HTML5, which makes creating applications for this OS a lot easier than any other OS. The HTML5 apps are essentially websites codes that have been modified to run as standalone appilications and the FireFoxOS helps them to run better by allowing them access to the hardware. Some applications on the Android, Symbian, iOS such as Badoo, Facebook (pre-2.0) etc are HTML5 apps, so the new OS would have a lot of apps available if the phones eventually become available in the market.

KEON
This is the entry level device for developers willing to try out the FireFoxOS. The hardware specifications includes
  • a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 CPU
  • 3.5" HVGA (480x320) touchscreen
  • 3 Megapixel Camera
  • 4GB internal memory
  • 512MB RAM
  • microSD card support
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Sensors: Light, proximity, Gyro
  • 1580mAh battery with microUSB charging
  • 3G

PEAK
Peak is the high end developer device for FirefoxOS. And comes with the hardware specifications to match the current flagships out there
  • a 1.2GHz dualcore Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 CPU
  • 4.3" qHD (960 x 540 ) touchscreen
  • 8 Megapixel Camera with flash and a 2Megapixel front camera
  • 4GB internal memory
  • 512MB RAM
  • microSD card support
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Sensors: Light, proximity, Gyro
  • 1800mAh battery with microUSB charging
  • 3G

The developer devices were built by Geeksphone, other manufacturers such as TCL communications Limited (Alcatel) and ZTE has shown interest in bringing more devices to the market. And also Telecommunications operators such as Deutsche Telekinesis, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, and Telecoms Italian have also pledged support to it.



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  1. This is the first time I've heard about firefox phones. In all fairness, the specs sound good.

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  2. It's good to know that there are still companies that want to break the duopoly in the smartphones OS game. We are the winners here 'cause we can have more options. Let's just hope that Firefox and windows would break through.

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  3. Another amazing invention through the help of modern technology. Producing something like this one needs a lot of good mechanisms and concepts to make it this little yet so useful.

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  4. I think that this OS would compete well with android and IOS. But in order to do that, they would have to find the proper hardware and manufacturer. I think OS plays a big part on the market sales but specs like camera quality and built can also be a factor.

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  5. Another addition to the wide array of Smartphone collection. The specs sounds just fine, pretty much like the other phone out there in the market.

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