BY | January 23, 2013

The global mobile market may not be the same after this year. To break the domination of the Linux-based Android OS, two more open-source OSes are on way. Mozilla’s Firefox OS and Canonical’s Ubuntu Phone OS are around the corner. Both the platforms will surely surge as great rivals to Android as well as Apple and Microsoft operating systems. The HTML5-based Firefox OS seems to come first with a range of handsets.

As per reports, the first batch of Firefox OS-based GeekPhone handsets has been unveiled. Named the Keon and Peak, the Firefox-running phones are meant at developers for the new app ecosystem. It looks that the devices may soon come to market with the same names aimed at global customers. Anyway, here we check the major specs and features of the handsets, which will soon be officially released.

GeekPhone Peak
The Peak seems to be the high-end phone of the series. The handset is to come with a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB of built-in memory. The device is to sport a 4.3-inch qHD display for nice viewing of content. It is to show off an 8MP rear camera with LED flash facility and a 2MP front camera for video chats. It is also to house a microSD slot for memory expansion. It will be powered by a modest 1800mAh battery that can give better power backup for the machine.

“A powerful developer preview device introducing cutting edge features, like a 4.3-inch qHD screen, at a price you could never have imagined. For those who like to be one step beyond, Peak is your developer preview device,” says GeekPhone.

GeekPhone Keon
It is the lower-end version of the two. The Keon is to tout a smaller 3.5-inch HVGA display. It will be up with a less powerful 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. GeekPhone has also thrown in a microSD card slot. The low-end Firefox phone is to reside a 3MP rear camera with no flash, a 1580mAh battery, Wi-Fi N, light & proximity sensor, G-sensor, GPS and microUSB.

“A light and versatile, but also powerful developer preview device which has all the hardware features you need to start developing software for Firefox OS in a performant environment. Also a great companion for your daily tasks,” says GeekPhone.

Firefox OS
Mozilla is majorly known for its Firefox web browser. The organization is now to launch a web-centric operating system for handsets. The Firefox OS is expected to be cutting edge software for great performance. It will have a nice interface and smooth app performances.

Powerful: Mozilla touts high performance as the major quality of its upcoming OS for mobile. The firm claims that since it is a web centric platform, it can provide great web and app performance. “The Web is the Platform, which means not only taking down barriers, but also a lighter system that makes your apps run smoothly and an optimal battery life,” says GeekPhone.

Open: Yes, as we can see, Firefox OS is an open platform. It is part of Mozilla’s endeavors for free web. The OS has its openness coded on its DNA. “Less frontiers means you have now full control on your apps and how you distribute them.” Being an open source platform, Firefox is a big rival to Android, which currently reigns over the mobile market.

Innovation: Indeed, Firefox OS is being developed by implementing all latest web standards. It is going to be a highly innovative platform with all recent features. Surely, it won’t be a less competent and run of the mill OS. “The concepts of true “multi-platform” become a reality, and the developer can take his applications to their full potential.” Of course, Firefox OS can defy all key operating systems with innovative features.

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