Firefox OS proved there’s little there. The new operating system from Mozilla promises a lot and seems to be a compromise between iOS and Android. Mozilla today unveiled the first two mobile running on the OS. It is in fact two terminals for developers.
The first batch of smartphones running the HTML 5-based Firefox OS have been unveiled. Keon and Peak. These are the names of these smartphones developed by Spanish startup Geeksphone. The Keon is a smartphone with moderate power, since it features a Snapdragon S1 processor clocked at 1 GHz speed, coupled with 512 MB RAM and packs a 3.5″ HVGA display. 4GB of Internal storage and despite its low-end nature, GeekPhone has thrown in a microSD card slot. The only camera is at the back and it features a 3MP senor and no flash. Under the orange back panel resides a 1580mAh battery.
The Peak is a little beefier, since it has a Snapdragon S4 dual core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz, 512 MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 4.3 inch qHD IPS display with a definition of 960×540 pixels, the Peak packs an 8MP main camera with LED flash and 2MP front-facing one. The smartphone is housing a 1800mAh battery, a microSD card slot and the usual array of smartphone sensors and connectivity options.
GeekPhone says both Firefox OS developer smartphones will be available starting next month, but is mum on the pricing. However, judging from their specs and the budget-oriented nature of Firefox OS, they should be in an affordable price.
Mozilla is gearing up towards the launch of its upcoming mobile OS by releasing a Firefox OS Simulator as an extension for Firefox.
The developers have also updated the browser’s Nightly channel with a release needed to allow individual private browsing tabs. Thanks to it, now you won’t have to suspend your entire browsing session just to open a single private browsing tab.
Doesn’t sound like much, but actually the team behind the feature had to rewrite the entire private browsing system to incorporate it. The feature, among others, will make their way to the stable Firefox channel early next year.
The Firefox OS Simulator extension is rather hefty in size at nearly 70MB and aims to allow developers to test their HTML5 apps before the OS makes its debut next year.
Mind you, the mobile OS simulator is still in active development and despite its version 1.0 number, it’s still considered to be just a preview.
Check out the preview of the simulator below.
If you are interested follow this link to install the Firefox OS simulator yourself and give it a quick run.
Mozilla is preparing something big, according to their Twitter account they teasing a major Firefox update on Android. At least that’s what it looks like.
There is no room to know what the ‘something BIG’ part might be, but judging from the not so many Firefox goodies the browser has seen on Android, it’s safe to assume the announcement is in this ballpark.
As you know, tomorrow is the Google I/O conference, so it’s highly probable Mozilla will make its announcement there. This might be a bit awkward however, if Google is to announce its Chrome browser as the default from Jelly Bean 4.1 onward.
Source : Twitter