Mozilla unveils preview smartphones in new push

January 22, 2013
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 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.

The two preview phones being offered come from the small Spanish-based manufacturer GeeksPhone, the first in what the hopes will be a series of low-cost smartphones which can be sold around the world.

"This week we are announcing our new Firefox OS 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 and mobile, now is the time to try out Firefox OS," Peters said.

The 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 mobile devices."

By using the , 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."

The non-profit group's so-called Boot to Gecko project will go after 's Android or Apple's iOS, to create an alternative which could generate smartphones that are less expensive than an while offering similar experiences to those running on other platforms.

GeeksPhone 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.

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evropej
1 / 5 (1) Jan 22, 2013
5,000,000 operating systems available on the market but not a single one stable, fast, and secure. Hey mozialla guys, no worries about fixing all ff issues. The new trend is flood the market with crap that sorta works.
VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 22, 2013
That is always how the free market has worked.

"The new trend is flood the market with crap that sorta works." - evropei

Provide the worst possible product at the highest possible price.
frajo
not rated yet Jan 23, 2013
5,000,000 operating systems available on the market
Please, define "operating system" for me.

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