SOFTWARE OUTFIT Mozilla has shown off the first developer smartphone that runs its Firefox mobile operating system (OS), made by Geeksphone.
Mozilla's Firefox mobile OS aims to deliver HTML5 applications to low-cost smartphones, with the outfit trying to gain support from mobile operators. Mozilla has now released pictures of the first developer smartphone running its Firefox OS, which has more than a hint of the original iPhone about it.
Mozilla said that the developer Firefox OS phone was developed by Geeksphone along with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica. It also released specifications for the device, including a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 chip, 512MB of RAM and a 3.5in 480x320 resolution screen that looks decidedly 2008.
Although Geeksphone and Telefonica have gone for rather dated headline components, the device has microSD card storage expansion and the usual collection of light, proximity and G sensors. The handset has good connectivity, with quad-band GSM, 3G and 802.11n WiFi.
Mozilla said that the device is being pitched at developers, meaning that its specifications are vital as this is the bag of tricks that are available to developers when they are coding applications for the Firefox OS. While Mozilla's Firefox OS was always seen to be a contender in the low-cost smartphone market, given the specifications of this reference device, mobile operators will have to give these away, as sub-£100 smartphones already offer better specifications.
Given that Telefonica has been working on the Firefox OS developer handset, it is a good bet that the firm will at some point in the near future look to flog devices running the Firefox mobile OS to consumers under its various brands, including O2 in the UK. µ