Mozilla announces developer smartphones with Firefox OS
Mozilla has announced that the Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone, together with carrier Telefónica, is working on two developer phones with Firefox OS pre-installed. In the announcement by Stormy Peters, Mozilla's Head of Developer Engagement, the company invites developers to join it in developing applications for the devices and says the phones should be released in February.
Geeksphone will be offering two different devices: Keon, which uses a single core 1 GHz Snapdragon S1 and comes with a 3.5" HVGA screen, and Peak, a dual core, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 powered Peak with a 4.3" qHD screen. Both phones have 4GB of on board storage, 512MB of RAM and 2G and 3G connectivity. While the Keon only has one 3 megapixel camera, the Peak has an 8 megapixel back-facing camera equipped with an LED flash and an additional 2 megapixel front camera. The bigger Peak also sports a higher capacity battery.
With a release targeted at February, it is likely that Telefónica and Geeksphone will demonstrate the devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It is also a possibility that developers will be able to have some hands-on experience with the phones at the Firefox OS App Days taking place in various locations around the world, including London, on 26 January.