With Ubuntu, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone and iOS in 2013, we’re already pretty spoiled for choice this year, but that’s not stopping Mozilla from stepping into the smartphone arena and showing the masses what they’re capable of.
Talk has been quite small regarding the Firefox mobile OS, but Mozilla have now announced their developer preview phones equipped with their new mobile OS. The new phones have been built by Mozilla in partnership with Telefonica and Geeksfone, and come equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The screen on the new phone will be a 3.5 inch screen with a grainy resolution of 480×320. The phone will also come with a 3 megapixel camera, and a 1580mAh battery.
The specs look extremely outdated, but what’s important to remember is that the OS is focused on the mid-end and low-end range, and Mozilla seems confident with their new OS, regardless of the hardware. The operating system seems to be heavily based around HTML5 and Mozilla has said the Firefox OS will use it to do tasks like make phone calls and send texts.
Stormy Peters, Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla, seems quite content on making the OS a powerful community, similarly to the desktop web browser. “We are working on bringing the power of the web to mobile, through Firefox OS, along with all the power of open standards and an open community, and once again, we’d like to invite web developers to join us.”
Seeing as Telefonica is partly behind the new mobile project, it’s possible that the low-spec’d phones will be marketed along with different contracts binded to certain mobile networks, such as O2.