First Firefox OS phones coming
A pair of developer-only Firefox OS phones are coming soon and that may prep the carrier ecosystem for the larger launch
Have you been keeping a watchful eye on the upcoming Firefox OS? Well, you're in luck because the folks at Geeksphone will soon deliver a pair of developer-only smartphones running the Firefox OS.
The company will be offering Firefox OS on devices known as the Keon and the Peak. The Keon is the lower-end device with a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB of storage, 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and GPS. The Peak is a more premium device with a 4.3-inch qHD IPS screen, dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdagon S4 chip, 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and more.
These phones will use the latest version of Firefox OS, which is based on the Boot to Gecko. Basically, the Firefox OS is built with Linux and the apps will be built using HTML5. Developers can download the emulator on their computer to create apps, but having a phone to test those out on can make sure a big difference.
I'd still say that the chances of success for Firefox OS aren't great, as I just don't think HTML5 is ready for primetime still. Even Facebook admits that relying on HTML5 for its mobile products was the biggest mistake it's ever made.
But HTML5 continues to get better and by the time Firefox OS lands in customers' hands later this year, it may be good enough. Additionally, carriers like Sprint, Telefonica, Telecom Italia and Deutsche Telekom have already shown support for Firefox OS, so it will be fun to see how well the Keon and Peak do.