Tuesday 22 January 2013

Geeksphone and Telefonica show off Firefox OS developer devices!

   You might never actually have heard of Geeksphone before, they're a Spanish company who have previously produced the Geeksphone Zero and One, both of which were received very well by the modding communities in particular!

   It's been a while since we heard anything from the guys over there, but today they will be showing off two new phones, both of which will be developer preview devices, which have been developed in conjunction with Telefonica!

There's two new developer preview devices coming soon and the first of which is the:

Geeksphone Keon.

This is the lower end of the two devices and should give an indication of how well Firefox OS can run on lesser hardware. The device features:

CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz.
UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA).
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE).
Screen 3.5" HVGA Multitouch.
Camera 3 MP.
4 GB (ROM) and 512 (RAM).
MicroSD, Wifi N, Light & Prox. Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB.
Battery 1580 mAh.

Geeksphone Peak.

   This second device is the sort of thing we can expect to see from companies who use Firefox OS when they produce higher-end devices! By the looks of things this is a solid mid-range phone in it's own right! On board there's:
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 & Prox. Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera).
Battery 1800 mAh.

   Currently we don't know any pricing or availability details, but Geeksphone have said that they will be releasing that information in the coming weeks!

   On an aside there's also a couple of other things which Mozilla was keen to show off their Firefox OS App Days! These will offer you the opportunity to "learn, hack, share and celebrate Firefox OS".

   If you're wanting to try out Firefox OS and an app you've created then you can have a preview if you use your Android device:

  1. Install Marketplace for Android on your Android phone. (Your friends and family can also do this – it’s as easy as installing an app, so they can try out your app too.)
  2. Use the browser-based Firefox OS Simulator to view and test your mobile app on the desktop.
  3. Install Firefox OS on your own hardware.
  4. Purchase a Firefox OS Developer Preview device! Working with Geeksphone and Telefonica we’ve created a Firefox OS Developer Preview phone especially for developers. Be the first to show off Firefox OS and your app! First phones will be available in February.


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