The new browser-based OS was shown off in September at the Mobile 2.0 event. This is expected to be an open operating system that is designed to work with a wide range of affordable smartphones. Multi-national operator Telefonica already plans to launch the first Firefox OS phone.
GeeksPhone announced the two 3G phones for Mozilla OS, the lower-end Keon and the higher-end Peak. The Keon will be equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor, 3.5-inch screen, 1,580mAh battery, and 3MP camera. The Peak is going to offer a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch screen, 1,800mAh battery, and 8MP camera.
Additionally, both will have 4GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, a microSD slot, 802.11n wireless networking, light and proximity sensors, GPS, an accelerometer, and a camera flash. While these devices are only developer phones, they will allow programmers to develop apps and advance the underlying OS.
While the phones are available for developers to purchase, it remains unclear as to how much these devices will cost. Mozilla has yet to release a price, but the company did not in its blog that it believes these preview phones will allow developers to help bring the power of the Web to mobile.
The reveal of these developer phones, has made the existence of Mozilla’s new OS all the more real. However, Mozilla will be facing an uphill battle competing against both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. While some may not enjoy their walled gardened approach, both boast impressive install bases with loads of content.
Beating Google and Apple might not be Mozilla’s strategy though, as the company and its partners are aiming the first devices at users in developing markets. The devices are geared to be transitional phones for users upgrading to smartphones from lower-end feature phones. Telefonica believes the Firefox OS phones will be much less expensive than iPhones.