New Era Of Web Development With Firefox OS
Smartphone Browser Community Web Development Project
Mozilla, the company behind the famous Firefox website browser, announced two new smartphones that will run its mobile operating system Firefox OS. Mozilla expects the phones to be available to developers in February, ahead of a full launch.
The community web browser giant is releasing the Firefox OS developer preview phones to encourage third parties to "bring the power of the web to mobile".
The phones, codenamed Keon and Peak, are being developed by Spanish firm Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica, the owner of mobile network O2.
The Keon handset has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz CPU with 512MB of RAM, 3-megapixel camera, 1580 mAh battery and microSD card slot.
At the higher end, the Peak has a 4.3-inch qHD IPS Multi touch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, and 1800 mAh battery.
Mozilla says that the Firefox OS differs from rival systems, as it will "make the mobile web more accessible to more people".
Volunteer Web Developers Deliver Impressive Results
The Firefox web browser is made by a community of volunteer web developers available as an open-source project, meaning the code can be modified by others to deliver a range of services. Mozilla adds that developers will be able to market their apps through their own websites or any store they wish, in addition to the Firefox App Store.
The same ethos will underpin the mobile operating system. Mozilla said that by using existing web technologies, such as HTML5, Firefox OS developers can make their apps trigger actions on the phone, such as vibrating for an alert, taking a picture with the camera or sending a text message.
It said that the system has been geared to ensure that apps can run smoothly and offer "optimal battery life" on low-end devices.
"Millions of people worldwide use Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the web. A web based on open standards and open technologies," the organisation said in a blog post.
Mozilla Credits Website Developers
"We couldn't have done this without web developers. 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."
ZTE has already said that it is in talks to sell Mozilla Firefox OS-powered smartphones in Europe.
But Firefox OS will face fierce competition, as BlackBerry 10, Ubuntu, Tizen and Jolla software are due to release on smartphones before the end of 2013, taking on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian.