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Firefox smartphone from Mozilla

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: The Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday (22 January) unveiled two preview smartphones as it invited developers to try its new open-source mobile operating system that it hopes will challenge Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

The announcement marked a major step forward for the new Firefox OS mobile operating system which is being built using open Web standards, like its Firefox browser.

The two preview phones being offered come from the small Spanish-based manufacturer GeeksPhone, the first in what the non-profit group hopes will be a series of low-cost smartphones which can be sold around the world.

"This week we are announcing our new Firefox OS developer preview phones because we believe that developers will help bring the power of the Web to mobile," said a blog posting from Stormy Peters, head of websites and developer engagement at Mozilla.

"If you're a developer interested in Web technologies and mobile, now is the time to try out Firefox OS," Peters said.

The operating system, she said, is part of Mozilla's efforts to "keep the Web open and make sure the power of the Web is available to everyone -- even on mobile devices."

The non-profit group's so-called Boot-to-Gecko project will go after Google's Android or Apple's iOS, to create an alternative platform for less expensive smartphones.

GeeksPhone said on its website that the two new phones were named Keon with a 3.5 inch display, and Peak, with a larger 4.3 inch screen. Both will use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.

Source: AFP via I-Net Bridge



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