Wednesday, 24 April 2013

First ever phones running on Firefox OS are on sale

Yes it is true that the phones with Firefox OS are on sale from now on. Though these are developer test phones but it would not be wrong to say that the developers, Geeksphone, a small Spanish company who were till now making Android Handsets have taken one more step in the way of taking Mozilla’s Operating system way forward. 

Geeksphone, are the only company who has brought the Firefox OS from far behind. The only reason of introducing such phones is to shake up the duopoly of the most prominent Operating systems viz. Google Android and Apple’s iOS. However it is true that Geeksphone is currently the only company who has started selling devices based on the Firefox operating system but ZTE will soon also join hands to sell Firefox OS phones from the middle of this year. 

The most differentiating feature of this OS is its process of treating the HTML 5 web applications as native apps, that confirms that the apps built for this platform will be compatible with other smartphone platforms also. Stormy Peters, head of developer engagement at Mozilla, said in a blog post that the main agenda of bringing the device so early was to test the features of the OS in the real environment based on mobile network and the hardware capabilities including the behaviour of camera and the operating speed of the device that is hard to test on a Firefox OS Simulator. Moreover the developer also wants to ensure that if the device would be demanded by the youth or not in terms of its accessibility, compatibility with their different gesture and needs. 

The Firefox OS has been installed in two devices namely -- the Keon and the Peak that can be shipped to any place in the world. The cost of the Keon has been set at $119 exclusive of taxes that appears to be sold out. The phone is built with a kind of Hardware running Firefox OS having a 3.5-inch screen, entry-level Qualcomm 1GHz processor and a 3MP camera. This type of Smartphone targets large customers at the low end of the market in regions such as South-East Asia and South America. 

On the other hand the Peak is priced at $194 that has all the similar features that a mid ranged Android phone has. It has a 4.3-inch screen, dual-core Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor and an 8MP camera. Both devices feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of ROM, MicroSD support and the various sensors you’d expect in a modern smartphone. So what’s your opinion? And which out of the two handsets would you buy? Please comment below to share your views.

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