First Firefox OS dev devices shipping next week

First Firefox OS dev devices shipping next week

Summary: Keon and Peak are shortly to be released into the wild through a Spanish seller.

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Keon and Peak, the first devices to run Mozilla's Firefox OS, will begin shipping from next week.

The cheaper of the two, Keon, costs €91 plus taxes, while the higher-specced Peak costs €149 plus taxes. Both can be ordered from shop.geeksphone.com and shipped globally, according to an announcement by Madrid-based Geeksphone.

At the time of writing, however, it appears the shop webpage is down for maintenance. ZDNet has asked Geeksphone when it expects to be online again and will update the story when it gets a response.

Mozilla has been using Keon and Peak, which were developed by Geekphone and Spanish operator Telefonica, as its Firefox OS developer devices, and recently offered developers who attend its engagement programs the devices for free.

The Keon runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1GHz processor, with a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, three-megapixel camera, and 4GB of internal storage. It also has the smartphone staples of microSD support, wi-fi, and GPS. It does not, however, have a forward-facing camera.

The Peak includes a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, eight-megapixel camera on the rear, and 4GB of internal storage. It also has a forward-facing two-megapixel camera and a higher capacity battery.

Mozilla chief Gary Kovacs said earlier this week that it will be launching Firefox OS devices in Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal and Spain by June and 11 more nations by the end of the year, with a US launch planned for 2014.

Mozilla is also working with Alcatel, LG, ZTE and Huawei to build Firefox OS devices, which will all run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Topics: Mobile OS, Hardware, Smartphones, EU

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  • Linux Versus Linux

    One thing is clear: no proprietary OS is going to gain a foothold in the computer industry ever again. The only thing likely to knock Android off its perch is another Linux-based OS. The future belongs to Open Source.
    ldo17
    • Why would anyone even try?

      The cost of developing a totally new OS would put you at an immediate disadvantage compared to Linux-based systems like Android and Firefox OS. Now that Android has proven that consumer acceptance of Linux devices is not a problem, I can't see anyone making that investment.
      Greenknight_z
      • Re: Why would anyone even try?

        Blackberry just did. And Microsoft keeps trying--very expensively, I suspect.

        The former may yet stand a (small) chance. The latter, not so much.
        ldo17