Where there’s a phone there’s a consumer, but not in this case. Mozilla Firefox had revealed their first OS phones at the CES earlier in January, and have been the talk of the tech towns. The only sad thing about the phones is that they have been released only for developers to try out and if interest start building and testing apps that use the platform.
Firefox OS phones will be available to developers in Feb and may enter the consumer market by the end of this year, but no confirmations have been made about the latter. The wise idea for the developer’s only release is to make the phones more fun for the consumer when officially launched in the market.
These phones aren’t aimed at competing with the already existing market but will create an air of their own. Stormy Peters, director of developer engagement at Mozilla has been quoted saying; “Developer preview phones will help make the mobile web more accessible to more people.
Developers are critical to the web, and to Mozilla’s mission to make the web accessible to everyone”. Keeping that aim in mind, the company is stressing on the fact that they want to make web browsing an even more accessible experience.
While everyone in the phone business is focusing on bringing cutting edge technology to satisfy their customer and beat their rivals, Mozilla has a whole different niche. They are concentrating on first-time smartphone users, by providing them with low-power, low-cost hardware for first-time. With this release, they are not only waving at all their prospective consumers but also making sure that the developers get first hands on the phone to make it the best that it can be once available for all.
Keon and Peak are the names of the two handsets. They both come with great features; however, Peak is the higher version of the handset. Keon stands out with its bright orange cover powered by Qualcomm’s 1Ghz Snapdragon S1 processor.
The phone also features 512MB of RAM and 4GB of included storage, a microSD card slot is available for expanded storage. With a 3.5-inch touchscreen and resolution of 480×320 pixels, the phone is capable of running on 2G and 3G networks. The phone also comes with a 3-megapixel rear camera. The Peak, on the other hand, is as mentioned before more technologically advanced, it comes with a broader (4.3 inch) and brighter (960×540 pixel) screen display.
The handset comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon S4 processor, 3G, and 2G connectivity just like its partner Keon. Similar features also include 4GB of storage, with a microSD card slot, and RAM is stuck at 512MB. The camera in the Peak handset however is 8-megapixel in the back and 2-megapixel in the front.
The partnership of Mozilla with GeeksPhone in bringing this phone into the market seems to be quite intriguing. While the developers explore the product, we can wait around for a few more months to finally see the real deal.