Firefox OS devices start hitting developers

The first devices offering Firefox’s in-house “open” operating system have started shipping to developers courtesy of Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone. They are available to ship worldwide, so get ready to say ‘hola’ if you’re interested!

DeveloperTech previously reported on Mozilla’s smartphones, as well as the Firefox OS launch at Mobile World Congress in February, but now the Geeksphone devices are raring to go.

“We know you’ve had a long, hard wait,” wrote Geeksphone in a newsletter. “But we’re mighty proud of today’s achievement, as the arrival of mobile handsets based on web technology is a resounding victory for developers’ and users’ freedom to innovate.”

The lower-end Keon, with its Mozilla-inspired orange flair, will set you back $119; offering a 3.5” HVGA display, 1 GHz Snapdragon S17225A CPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a 1,580mAh battery and a 3 megapixel camera.

The higher-end device Peak is priced at $194; offering a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Play (MSM8225) chipset, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage with microSD, a 1,800mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing cam.

Many internet users enjoy Mozilla’s Firefox as their browser of choice; only falling behind Google’s Chrome in usage percentage (28.5%) on desktops. Whilst Firefox is currently available as a browser on Android, the next foray for the company is the launch of its open operating system.

It’s clear Mozilla understands the future of mobile, from a blog post earlier this month – “it was clear that while the desktop was an important target platform, that the future is mobile.” Securing a position in this field is something Mozilla is eager to do, taking the first steps today to making this a reality in an already saturated market.

With rival Ubuntu’s own open OS already in a preview release for Android Nexus devices, and already having many diehard users of the desktop Linux portion of the company, they may have the greater potential to gain a significant enough interest required to make this venture a success.

Do you think Mozilla can compete against Firefox? Can either company gain a momentum amongst consumers?

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