Firefox is looking to inspire the smartphone market in the same way Apple did with its application market. The company, recognised for their Mozilla browser, will have their webcentric Firefox operating system used on two smartphones.
When Apple launched its App store, the smartphone market collectively shifted to support apps. Mozilla is looking to hedge this shift with its new smartphone OS as it enables HTML5 apps to do “‘phone things’ – they can make the phone vibrate, make a phone call or send a text message.”
Firefox OS is “built entirely using open web standards” and, according to Mozilla’s Director of Websites and Developer Engagement, Stormy Peters, existing websites can be turned into a phone app “by making some small changes.”
Spanish startup Geeksphone unveiled the two smartphones developed in conjunction with spanish telecommunications company Telefonica. Called GeeksPhone Peak and Keon, the duo has been designed to lure potential developers who can contribute to Firefox’s ecosystem.
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The GeeksPhone Peak (above) sits atop the Firefox food chain, but based on its spec sheet it’s not a tough climb to the top. It features a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a slot for microSD memory cards. Users interact with the phone by way of its 4.3″ qHD display, 8.1MP photos can be snapped by its rear camera, a front 2MP camera can be presumably used for video-calling and an 1,800mAh will keep the smartphone powered.
The humble GeeksPhone Keon features a Snapdragon 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory complemented by a microSD memory slot. A 3.5 inch HVGA screen, a 3MP camera and a 1,580mAh battery round this bright orange smartphone off.
The Geeksphone range will be launched next month. Although pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed, the relatively humble specs indicate wallet-friendly pricing.