Firefox OS hits the market tomorrow

ZTE open announcement

Mozilla has announced that the first Firefox OS phone, the ZTE Open is coming out for general availability tomorrow, July 2.

The ZTE Open will feature a single-core Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, 3.5″ HVGA (480 x 320) screen, GPS, accelerometer, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, 3.2MP back camera and FM radio.

Given this specs, the phone, as well as Firefox OS are initially aiming to users who not currently have a smartphone and want to jump to the mobile web at a low cost. At €69, including a 4GB SD card and €30 in Movistar credit, the Open is very well positioned for this market. Continue reading Firefox OS hits the market tomorrow

Survey shows mobile web developers interested in Firefox OS

With just days ahead of Firefox OS official launch in mobile markets, it has already made an interesting debut in a periodic survey conducted by IDC and platform developer Appcelerator.

When asked what mobile platforms they are interested in developing for, 25% of mobile developers mentioned Firefox OS. While it is of course small compared to 95% interest for iOS and Android, it is not bad at all for a yet-to-be-launched new OS.

Interestingly, the survey also shows 35% of developers are interested in HTML5 mobile apps which is Firefox OS’s platform suggesting great interest in creating platform independent, standard based applications that requires one and only one development and distribution effort.

Mobile survey
Mobile survey

Via TechHive.


First Firefox OS phones going on sale next week

Spanish Geeksphone and Mozilla presented the first Firefox OS cell phones that are expected to become available next February.

Two models have been presented.

FirefoxOS on Keon
FirefoxOS on Keon

The Keon, is the entry level model, and features:

  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 3.5″ HVGA Multitouch
  • 3 MP Camera
  • 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
  • 1580 mAh battery
  • Over the air updates
  • Unlocked, add your own SIM card


And Peak, the higher end phone:

  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz x2.
    UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
    GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE).
    Screen 4.3″ qHD IPS Multitouch.
    Camera 8 MP (back) + 2 MP (front).
    4 GB (ROM) and 512 (RAM).
    MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera).
    Battery 1800 mAh.





While Firefox OS has reached 1.0 status just today, these phones are aimed to developers and not end users, so it will definitely differ from the final version.

In the past, Geeksphone has offered Android phones like its Zero model, but it now looks completely focused on releasing the Firefox OS phones.

More details to come as the phones become available in February.


Firefox OS running on Raspberry Pi

Oleg Romashin, a Nokia principal engineer, has released a video showing Firefox OS running on Raspberry Pi, the $25 credit card size single board computer, which debuted earlier this year.

As you can see in the video, the Gecko runtime is shown running with even some WebGL animations running at smooth 60 fps (frames per second).

While this is an experimental project, it definitely gives an idea on the kind performance Firefox OS can deliver on an ARM11 processor like the Raspeberry Pi’s.