Keon and Peak: First Firefox OS handsets revealed

Keon and Peak: First Firefox OS handsets revealed

Summary: The first developer review units to run the Firefox OS, called the Keon and the Peak, will go on sale in February, according to Mozilla.

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The first devices to run Mozilla's HTML 5-based Firefox OS have been revealed as the "Keon" and the "Peak", developed in conjunction with Geekphone and Telefonica.

Rather than being full retail models, the handsets are aimed at developers who want to start building and testing apps that use the platform. Mozilla said that the first phones will be available to buy in February.

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Firefox OS Keon (left) and Peak Picture. (Credit: Geeksphone)

"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," Stormy Peters, director of developer engagement at Mozilla, said in a blog post on Tuesday. "Now we are working on bringing the power of the web to mobile through Firefox OS, along with all the power of open standards and an open community, and once again, we'd like to invite web developers to join us."

The lower specced of the two devices, the Keon, will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, 3-megapixel camera, and 4GB of internal storage. It also has the smartphone staples of microSD support, Wi-Fi (N), and GPS. It does not, however, have a forward-facing camera.

The Peak will come with a slightly higher specification that includes a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and 4GB of internal storage. It also has a forward-facing 2-megapixel camera and a higher capacity battery, too.

Mozilla announced the Firefox OS in February 2012, albeit under the name "Boot 2 Gecko", and has since been working to secure partners for launch. Telefonica, one of the backers of the Geekphone devices, was also one of the first companies to show support for the HTML5-based OS.

Mozilla released a beta version of its Firefox OS simulator in December, but these devices will be the first real-world hardware designed specifically to run the OS.

On January 26, Mozilla will be hosting a set of "hack days" to give developers around the world the chance to "learn, hack, share, and celebrate Firefox OS", Peters said.

Topics: Mobile OS, Mobility, Open Source, Smartphones

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  • That's a very attractive UI

    clean, and the rounded icons as the standard are really nice. I really like the idea of a native HTML5 api, too.
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
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      AlexSongFF
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        ozoneo
    • Right with you..

      When I first heard about this it sounded as if it were only to be a South America release. Really nice to see the project coming along. I'm sure it's going to be a massive hit with us Linux users as well as those practicing their code (I'll be downloading the environment this weekend.) it'll be interesting to see how it goes down with the non tech savvy. It could also be an interesting experiment if it did take off on true open platform security. Android has given us a taste of the malware risks... If this were to become as big as Android...

      The other worrying part is that Mozilla encourage manufacturers, and worse, networks to personalise -read fluff up- the UI and general UE, even giving them control over what apps you can have. The good part is that it isn't going to be locked so you should be able to replace the firmware they give you.
      MarknWill
    • They look like iPhones....

      ...but with round icons instead of square. Same boring paradigm.
      toph36
      • Maybe if you had your suggestion...

        but you don't.
        GoPower
      • This is something really different

        It is more like webOS. Actually, it is *most* like Chrome-on-a-Phone.

        I really wish Mozilla had teamed up with the webOS folk. There are a lot of fantastic still-not-bested ideas in there.
        x I'm tc
        • I've been

          suggesting such a merge (webOS-Firefox OS) on the webosnation forum but they haven't reacted much positive to it.. also because of the render engine difference..
          By the way i am sure Firefox OS has a brighter future ahead than what's left of Palm..
          sgamao
    • Looks like an Android clone

      FYI -
      You can make Android look exactly like that, or however else you want, with a custom icon set. And you might find a custom launcher interesting too.

      That looks just like Android, stripped back to the more limited iPhone functionality though, to me. Not seeing any widgets, just homescreens with icons placed where the user wants, with a single-row tray below it of icons you want access to regardless of homescreen -
      Just like Android.

      The difference is the Android ecosystem actually has apps available, and with 75% of the smartphone marketshare it's already got developers interest.
      geolemon
  • Looks like iPhone... Looks like a android clone...

    Well without a video demonstration we don't yet know more than the photo's - icons arranged into grids to launch them. Well that looks like my old Motorola ... Sony ... Nokia phones? The dock on the bottom is very reminiscent of nextstep also...

    I don't think the big storey here is that it will use regularly arranged icons to launch apps... More the fact that we're now getting a new mobile OS that is open. So if you have an android phone with an unlockable boot loader, you will eventually get a new OS to play with.

    To be honest I'm most interested in what the privacy is going to be like... Until they confirm my fears, I'll let myself be naive and believe in a mobile os without an oppressive big brother.
    MarknWill
    • Video and Privacy? Easy...

      Look at YouTube, i'm pretty sure i saw some video not so long ago of some preliminary version. Regarding your main matter, well... Mozilla has just been ranked as the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy, so... :)
      diegocr
  • What a hideous UI.

    Yuck.

    The Ubuntu phone UI looks much, much better than that.
    Hallowed are the Ori
    • It does indeed...

      However Firefox may make a bigger initial splash and get more app attention. Don't forget it's going to be particularly easy to port FFOS html5 app to Ubuntu mobile...
      MarknWill
  • Say good bye to "there's a app for that"

    Now developers will not have to compile their applications for different size devices, and they will be able to use a language that is utilized by only one company.
    Maarek
  • Light weight perhaps?

    With those screen dimensions, I am excited at the prospect of a new smaller lighter phone on the market. I feel like the only small high end phone available is the iphone, sadly.
    wormywyrm