Mozilla unveils Firefox OS developer preview phone

Mozilla unveils Firefox OS developer preview phone
Mozilla’s Firefox OS is a mobile operating system that will have a tough time cracking the iOS/Android duopoly, especially now that we have Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 desperately trying to make a dent. But it will try nonetheless - Firefox is an HTML5-based operating system that will cater to users on budget.

Its unique for support deeper integration of HTML5 apps with core phone functions. And while Mozilla itself won’t sell any actual phones (instead it hopes to get phone makers on board for its platform), it has now announced the new Firefox OS developer preview phones.

The actual devices are a partnership between Mozilla, Telefonica and Geekphone. Of course they are for development purposes only, and they are pretty modest in terms of actual specifications.

Here is a quick rundown:

CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz
UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
Screen 3.5″ HVGA Multitouch
3 MP Camera
4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
1580 mAh battery
Over the air updates
Unlocked, add your own SIM card

Having those phones is to get coders excited to program for the upcoming platform. And there are some good reasons why with open standards and an open community standing up front. In addition to freedom, you have simplicity with widely known technologies like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. Take a look at the developer preview phones right below.

source: Mozilla


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30 Comments

1. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Looks just like the oldest Iphone.. just in Plastic.. Specially with the round button just below the screen.

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1791; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Whats the point of having another operating system for a budget phonevwhen android is free and way ahead of everything but ios and is in a way ahead of apple in areas. Really freaking stupid. Should have done this in 2007 or earlier . . The only area I can see a take over is making a new operating system for the dumb phones and featur phones that use oh I forgot its java sounding name and I think uses java. Its like brew or somthing

17. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Firefox is also free too... And I have it on my phone right now, and its pretty awesome

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

looks WAYYY too much like an iphone lol even the ui is similar

4. MeoCao unregistered

lol this is low cost phone so innovation is not required (welcomed though) Hopefully it works Ok

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

true.......no hating involved was just pointing out the obvious i guess lol

13. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

WoW the Iphone is so much like the cheap smartphones of today. Even the UI is similar :)

3. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Too late

5. MeoCao unregistered

Not really, in poorer countries people would love to have low cost but good phone

10. Retro-touch unregistered

This phone is for retarded folk

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

My domestic help who carries a Nokia phone isn't a retarded for sure ... not to the extent that she can call others retarded. India is a different market where Apple can never rule despite the simple UI ... Micromax phones sell more than Apple here :)

14. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

And this is the right answer. I have been to Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia and there Nokia 1100 and company rules. And the people are using their hpones to make their lives better and easier, not to brag on the internet how much faster their new LTE phone loads cat videos from Youtube. This can be a game changer.

15. MeoCao unregistered

True, $50 smartphones will make those people's lives better. And for Africa and South America also. Nokia's Asha lines are not smartphones and sell for more than $100, FF phones will be much better I'm sure.

12. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

the big factor here is cost. unlocked for $99 vs. $299 makes all the difference in the world.

6. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

it does resemble iOS a bit much.

7. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Apple lawsuits in 5 4 3 2 1...... They would sue firefox for copying the circle button at the bottom... they ''patented'' everything... :\

20. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I think steve jobs was the one who invented the wheel. He used his uber-apple wealth to fake his death and travel back in time to invent and patent the wheel(and everything else he couldn't patent the first time)

11. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I'd buy that!

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

A humble start; much appreciated...but does not have the distinct look and feel of something new. But this is the first version so i'll remain hopeful.

18. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

demo phone we already said is similar to the iphone though I do like the more stylized look. Should be interesting to see what kind of devices spawn from this because its not so much about the hardware anymore beyond the normal increases due to new tech. Its actually the software that needs to improve and come along much more quickly.

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

From shape trade dress Law suits coming ... Fire is playing with .... FOX :)

22. fanboysrdumb

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

hey fanboys its a budgeted phone. the word to pay attention in this article is BUDGETED its for people who just want a smart phone that will do the job. its time to start actually reading what the author writes and explains rather then skimming and just getting by. idiots

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

For who you are saying all this crap??? Read comments before insulting people because no one says oposite...

24. oo7Bond

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

my nokia N9 already running meego n android.. meego sailfish is coming n now waiting for firefox..ahhh i love my N9 :)

25. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Well... I hope Mozilla is ready for the lawsuit of their life...

27. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I like Firefox as a web browser, but I don't know about using it as a full blown smartphone OS. Guess it's more for developing markets instead of the US.

29. CorianU

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

It'd make a good media player/tinker toy

30. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Ok, so now we officially have the "Andriod" for people, who are retired, public assistance, and child "first phone".

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