HTML5 apps has always weighed less when compared to native apps, because of it’s inability to perform at par. However, with Firefox OS, things may change. It’s an open source operating system that aims to support native HTML5 apps written using “open Web” technologies rather than platform-specific native APIs. It will support everything you would expect from a smartphone, (dialing, messaging, internet browsing, web gaming, photo taking, video watching, and music!).
To make it easier for developers to start preparing and developing apps for the Firefox OS, Mozilla will be launching two smartphones manufactured by Geekphones, in February. Mozilla wants to showcase the ability of Firefox OS to run on any device, and thus the two developer phones have a starkling difference in their processor — one with a Snapdragon S1 and another one with Snapdragon S4. Here’s a quick snapshot of the two phones:
The Keon model
- 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 proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
- 1580 mAh battery
- Over the air updates
- Unlocked, add your own SIM card
The Peak model
- 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 proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera).
- Battery 1800 mAh
How to try Firefox OS
To get your Firefox OS Developer smartphone, add yourself to the notification list at the Geeksphone website.
You can also try Firefox OS in many other ways:
- On your Firefox desktop browser! Yes, isn’t that cool? You can download the Firefox OS Simulator plugin for Firefox desktop browser, and switch it on for the full OS experience. You can even test your apps through this simulator.
- You can also install Firefox OS on your own device. For details check out this page.
Firefox OS will be a huge test for HTML5 and its future. It will open the web to greater limits. As Mozilla sums it up with the word ‘Freedom’. The apps on Firefox OS will not be under a vendor-controlled ecosystem, rather through a more open web. Are you excited about it? Share your thoughts below.
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