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Firefox OS Smartphones Released to Developers
Firefox OS Smartphones Released to Developers

By Barry Levine
January 22, 2013 11:14AM

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Firefox OS, which has a Linux kernel and device drivers, was announced in February of last year as an HTML5-based operating system. At the time, the Mozilla Foundation noted that Firefox OS's essentials were comparable to what Android used, except that there was no middleware between the operating system and a mobile browser.
 



Another open-source mobile operating system is emerging. A small Spanish company has begun to sell two developer preview phones that use the new Firefox OS.

The phones are offered by a company called Geeksphone, in partnership with Spanish mobile carrier Telefonica, and they will become available next month. Firefox OS is the new platform from the Mozilla Foundation, makers of the popular browser by the same name. In a posting Tuesday on its Mozilla blog, the foundation's Stormy Peters emphasized that Firefox OS is built "entirely using open Web standards," with standards-based HTML5 being able to do such "phone things" as make the phone vibrate, make a phone call or send a text.

The appeal to developers, in the foundation's view, is that Web technologies such as HTML5 can be used to develop mobile Web apps. In fact, the organization said, "you can create an app for Firefox OS by making some small changes to your existing Web site." On other platforms, OS-specific native apps have full access to device capabilities, Web-based apps generally do not, and hybrid apps can have some access.

Boot 2 Gecko

Mozilla said that developers can create a single technology stack of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and new WebAPIs, for delivering apps across the Web and to devices. The Firefox Marketplace provides app distribution, and Mozilla also offers open app store technology. A browser-based Firefox OS simulator is available for testing and viewing mobile apps on the desktop. The first complete version of Firefox OS has not yet been released.

Firefox OS, which has a Linux kernel and device drivers, was announced in February of last year as an HTML5-based operating system, and was originally called Boot 2 Gecko, a reference to Mozilla's Gecko browser engine. At the time, the Mozilla Foundation noted that the OS's essentials are comparable to what Android uses, except that there's no middleware between the OS and a browser.

When it was first announced, the organization told news media that the idea was to have the smallest possible kernel, powered by JavaScript interfaces and utilizing Web APIs to access device functions.

Keon and Peak

The two new developer preview handsets are called Keon and Peak. The lower-end Keon uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1-GHz processor, and has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, a 3-megapixel rear camera and 4 GB internal storage. The Peak is built around the dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and has a 4.3-inch qHD screen, a rear 8-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel camera on the front and 4 GB internal storage.

The two most popular mobile operating systems are Apple's proprietary iOS and Google's Android. While Android is an open-source project, its development is being driven and managed by Google. Telefonica has said that Firefox OS-based phones will cost a tenth of an iPhone, and could bring more smartphones to developing markets, such as the one it serves in Latin America.

But Michael Gartenberg, research director at Gartner, told us it's hard to envision that "there's much of a chance of mainstream acceptance" for Firefox OS-based devices. He said that it "feels like Linux for the desktop," which has fans among developers but no significant market presence.

Gartenberg noted that with iOS and Android dominating the mobile landscape, and Research In Motion struggling to build on its base with its coming BlackBerry 10 platform and devices, even the well-funded Microsoft "is struggling to make an impact" with its mobile platform.
 

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bob:

Posted: 2013-01-22 @ 12:33pm PT
Quadruple the battery life and cut the monthly cost by 75% and now, you've got my attention. :)

fmc:

Posted: 2013-01-22 @ 12:12pm PT
What in blazes is a HTML5-based operating system? There's no such thing. HTML runs as an application of top of an operating system, in this case Linux. This first thing yo need to do when reporting the news is to state facts, not confuse the reader or insult his intelligence.



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