Mozilla’s Firefox enters into the Smartphone market
Mozilla foundation has pushed ahead with its mobile Firefox operating system by announcing two developer handsets. Called Keon and Peak, the two UMTS smartphones support 3G HSPA and have 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of read-only memory. The Keon is the low-end model with a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 3.5-inch multi-touch screen and three megapixel camera. While watching the launch video, I realized that the Geekphone Peak is a meatier proposition with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 onboard and a 4.3-inch IPS screen, and an 8 megapixel camera. The good news is that both phones are unlocked and can be used with any carrier’s SIM in the GSM and UMTS 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands, and also in the 850 and 1800MHz GSM frequency ranges.In my own assessment, these are phones that might appeal to the rapidly growing number of people in emerging markets of Asia and African countries since most of them are making the transition from feature phones to Smartphones and probably, are not interested in paying pay too much for the privilege. Unfortunately, availability of the developers phones was not given by Mozilla. However, since last month just like many other software developers, I have the Firefox OS simulator for desktop operating systems to test my apps on, as well as the ability to try them out on Android through Marketplace for Firefox. Firefox OS itself is an attempt by Mozilla to make the mobile web more accessible to everyone according to the foundation’s director of websites and developer engagement, Stormy Peters.