Mozilla's first Firefox OS developer preview phones sell out hours after launch
Mozilla and OEM partner Geeksphone released the first developer preview phones running the open-source software development initiative's new Firefox OS, selling out in a matter of hours.
FireFox's Keon and Peak
Mozilla and Geeksphone released two Firefox OS models: The Keon, priced at $119, boasts a 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 3-megapixel camera, MicroSD storage and support for 2G and 3G networks. The more powerful Peak, offered at $194, includes a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (2-megapixel front), 4 GB ROM and 512 MB RAM.
Early access to Firefox-powered devices enables developers to trial the OS in a real-world environment with a mobile network and true hardware characteristics like the accelerometer and camera that are not easily tested on the Firefox OS Simulator, said Stormy Peters, Mozilla's director of websites and developer engagement. "The Keon has similar specifications as the actual target hardware that operators will ship in the phones they roll out to consumers later this year," Peters added. "The Peak offers a slightly more high-end device for developers wanting to experiment with apps for devices that might be commercially available in the future."
As of 9:00 a.m. ET, the Geeksphone website lists both the Keon and the Peak as "Out of stock." Geeksphone previously told The Next Web its storefront will be able to fulfill orders for as many as 5,000 Firefox OS handsets per day.
Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) promises a new phone architecture that relies entirely on the Web to enable HTML5 applications with complete access to core device APIs. According to Mozilla, developers can create Firefox OS apps from existing websites by adding an app manifest--a JSON file that describes the app, including its name, its icons and a human-readable description.
Firefox smartphones will be priced in the same range as feature phones. Telefónica is scheduled to sell Firefox-powered devices in Brazil through its Vivo unit; Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Telecom Italia and Telenor also have announced their support for the Mozilla platform.
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