Google did it and now Mozilla is next at bat with their own smartphone OS patterned after their Firefox web browser interface. The OS is HTML-5 powered and has seen several semi-major device manufacturers pledging their allegiance. These include ZTE, Alcatel, LG, Huawei and Sony–all of which have devices in the oven ready for a subsequent release. But while they talk a good talk a virtual unknown is actually walking the walk. Geeksphone is a Spanish startup manned by a team of 20. The burgeoning company has a working Firefox OS-enable handset available for developer preview. Their online store is now live, as of today.
So the new kids from Spain are first to market. What’s on offer is the higher powered Peak and lower end Keon. The Keon is powered by a Qualacomm Snapdragon 1Ghz processor, 4gb memory and 512mb RAM. The display is 3.5-inches HVGA touchscreen and the camera is 3-megapixels. The phone is priced at 115 euros, which is about $150 in the States.
The Peak also packs the same processor albeit clocked a bit higher at 1.2Ghz. The screen size is a 4.3-inch qHD IPS screen with front facing camera at 2mp and a rear-facing camera at 8mp. Pricing is 180 euros or roughly $234.
The devices are shipping woldwide from the new Geekphone startup so hopefully more will come to light on this one. But a Mozilla rep has gone record stating…
As Mozilla announced on February 24th,the initial countries where Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers are Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Exact launch timing is decided by and dependent on our partners.
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