The First Firefox OS-powered Devices Surface
Article by George Norman
On 22 Jan 2013
Mozilla today introduced the first mobile device powered by the new mobile operating system Firefox OS.


Stormy Peters, Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla, was glad to announce the Firefox OS developer preview phone, a device developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica and powered by Firefox OS, a new mobile operating system built entirely using open web standards.

“This week we are announcing our new Firefox OS developer preview phones because we believe that developers will help bring the power of the web to mobile,” said Peters. "Developer preview phones will help make the mobile web more accessible to more people. Developers are critical to the web and to Mozilla’s mission to make the web accessible to everyone. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web.”

Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone Specs
  • 3.5″ HVGA multitouch screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz CPU
  • 3MP camera
  • 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD
  • WiFi N
  • Light and proximity sensor
  • G-Sensor
  • GPS
  • MicroUSB
  • 1580 mAh battery
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Over the air (OTA) updates
  • Unlocked (you can add your own SIM card)

“The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”

Developers are invited to try out the new Firefox OS mobile operating system, create an app for Firefox OS, and participate in Firefox OS App Days, a worldwide set of 20+ hack days that will take place this week.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox OS, smartphone, mobile operating system, Geeksphone, Telefonica
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