Mozilla launches Firefox OS preview phones to take on Apple, Google

Mozilla has introduced its newest Keon and Peak, two smartphones based on HTML5-based Firefox OS platform, to bring the power of the web to mobile software.

The Web-centric Firefox OS is the major challenge against Apple’s iOS and Google Android as the Mozilla Foundation has invited developers to try its new open-source mobile operating system.

Marking the most futuristic step for new Firefox mobile operating system which has a Linux kernel and device drivers is based on open Web standards, removing any middleware roadblock between the OS and a mobile browser, the company said.

The two new Keon and Peak preview phones are being developed by the small Spanish manufacturer GeeksPhone in partnership with Telefonica.

It has expected that Mozilla’s Firefox OS smartphones will be a series of low-cost smartphones, galls under $100 price tag and being offered across the World at starting shipping in February.

The company claimed that in Firefox OS open platform, HTML5 apps can make the phone vibrate, “you’re not locked in to a vendor-controlled ecosystem. You can distribute your app through the Firefox Marketplace, your own website, or any other store based on Mozilla’s open app store technology”, source said.

Aiming to show how easy it is to create an app based on HTML5 for the new OS, Mozilla’s new Firefox OS is for all user-accessible software running on the phone to be Web apps, as per company saying.

Keon smartphone will come with a 3.5 inch display, Power of a 1GHz processor and has a 3 MP camera.

Second Mozilla’s Peak is a high end devices features a larger 4.3 Inch screen, Power of dual-core 1.2GHz processor and has an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP front facing camera.

Both models have 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a MicroSD card and for connectivity there is support of HSPA or 802.11n, GPS and a number of sensors, reports said.

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