Firefox phone to go on sale in February, Mozilla says
The new Firefox OS will debut on a pair of phones called the Keon and Peak. But these smart phones are meant mostly for developers.
In a post to Mozilla Hacks, company repÂ Stormy Peters said Firefox OS would be "built entirely using open web standards" â€“ a kind of natural extension of the Firefox web browser, which is also open source. "Developers are critical to the web and to Mozillaâ€™s mission to make the web accessible to everyone," Peters wrote.
Judging by the website of Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone, there will be two Firefox phones: The 3.5-inch Keon and the higher-powered 4.3-inch Peak, which Geeksphone describes as a "powerful developer preview device introducing cutting edge features."Â
The original Mozilla Hacks post doesn't actually identify the Keon and Peak by name, but it does include a photograph of both phones. In a comment at the bottom of the post, Robert Nyman, a "Technical Evangelist" for Mozilla, said that the "idea is that those two models should be available in early February. To my knowledge, there are no pre-orders at this moment and no specific price information."Â
So is there anything stopping a layperson â€“ as opposed to a professional developer â€“ from getting their paws on one of these Firefox phones? Actually, no, as far as we can tell. But we can't see the point: Firefox OS is still very much a work in progress, and as keen as we are on the idea of a mobile Firefox operating system, we'd suggest waiting for a more advanced build, and a greater choice of handsets.Â
Plus, that orange color ain't for everyone.Â