Firefox OS is Mozilla’s ambitious attempt to build an operating system that brings more openness to the walled gardens of iOS and Android.
Firefox OS is a web-based OS designed around the Firefox web browser and HTML5.
The first two devices are the Keon and the Peak. The Keon comes running a 3.5 inch 320×480 display, single-core 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage, upgradeable memory via a MicroSD slot and a 3MP rear camera. The specs are not very impressive, but it will probably be a cheap phone.
The Peak is a bit better than the Keon. A 4.3 inch 540×960 display, dual-core 1.2GHz S4 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage and 8MP rear camera. These specs still aren’t stunning, but once again the price will be relatively low.
One advantage these two low-end phones may have over the competition is that Firefox OS, at least for now, should be specifically designed to work with low-end phones. One problem with many cheap Android Phones is that they end up being slow and jerky, as their limited specs fail to handle more and more modern software updates to their already heavy-handed OS demands. An OS that is made to run on low end specs and nothing more should make much more efficient use of what a device has to offer.
We on Distrita wish Firefox welcome to compete with the others!