The first Firefox OS devices are now on sale. These are not commercial devices but developer devices made by a Spanish company Geeksphone. There are two devices on sale – Peak and Keon which are being sold at $194 and $119 respectively. The phones can be ordered from anywhere in the world.
The phones are basically entry-level and mid-range devices meant primarily for developers planning to build applications for the platform before the mainstream manufacturers get into the game. ZTE, Alcatel, LG, Huawei and Sony have already pledged to begin selling devices for the mass market by the end of the year.
Commercial Firefox OS phones are expected to be released in Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal and Spain in June.
Mozilla unveiled its plans for the Firefox OS at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February this year. Third-party applications on Firefox phones will be based on HTML 5.Most of the apps of the Firefox OS will be powered by cloud services to enable easy transition across devices and platforms. Web developers can also turn a website into an HTML5 app through Mozilla’s development kit. The Firefox OS will also support video calling over WebRTC, a browser-based technology.
The Geeksphone Keon comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 Ghz processor, 3 MP camera, 4GB ROM & 512 MB RAM. Its powered by a 1580mAh battery, has wi-fi, GPS, MicroUSB and MicroSD for memory.
The Peak comes with a 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, bigger screen (4.3 inches), 8 MP Camera, 4GB ROM and 512 MB RAM. The phone is powered by a 1800 mAh battery.
Sometime back it was reported that Sony would bring the first Firefox OS device to India. But we have not heard of anything more about that.