First Firefox OS phones released: Geeksphone Keon and Peak

Spanish phone startup taking worldwide orders.

Geeksphone Keon

Firefox OS reaches its latest milestone, as 'developer preview' phones are now on sale. Geeksphone has two models: a low-end and a mid-range smartphone, aimed at HTML5 app developers. They're temptingly inexpensive.

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Ted Samson lets down his hair: [Wrong myth! -Ed.]

Geeksphone has started selling its Firefox OS smartphones. ... Pricing for the Keon is $119; the...Peak is priced at $194.

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Firefox OS is an HTML5-centric platform designed to deliver software as Web apps...pitch[ed] as a superior alternative for low-end smartphones in developing markets. ... Mozilla has made available a host of tools for developers seeking to contribute to the Firefox Marketplace, including a Firefox OS Simulator.  MORE

Neil McAllister has feeds 'n' speeds:

...the phones will be manufactured by Spanish startup Geeksphone. ... Keon will be an entry-level device based on a Qualcomm S1 Cortex A5...at 1GHz. It will have a 3.5" multitouch screen at...480x320 and will ship with 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, a MicroSD card slot, 802.11n...Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, and a 1580mAh battery.

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Peak will be a higher-end model equipped with a 4.3" IPS...960x540 multitouch screen and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4...at 1.2GHz. Otherwise it will [be] the same...as the Keon, but it will add a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with...flash.  MORE

David Meyer looks broader:

Geeksphone is far from the only company pushing Firefox OS – operators...want to shake up the Google/Apple smartphone duopoly. ... ZTE will also sell Firefox OS phones from around the middle of the year.

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The two phones...can be shipped anywhere in the world.  MORE

And Mark Tyson lists other would-be Firefox OS phone vendors:

Much bigger and more well known companies have publicly committed to...selling their own Firefox OS phones...Sony, LG, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel included.

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This small Spanish startup is purportedly able to manufacture up to 5,000 Geeksphones per day. Shipping for any devices ordered will commence this week.  MORE

But James Twang doesn't believe the hyperbole:

HTML5 is nowhere near the point of being able to do the sort of complex apps that platforms centred around lower-level languages can. ... That will change over time, but it's still some way off.

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For that reason, Ubuntu (& esp. Sailfish) are more interesting, as they embrace both native toolkits and HTML5.  MORE

Meanwhile, Howard Price expresses a preference:

Let the phone wars really begin! Now if someone can get a credible distro on the desktop we can get rid of the Winblows BS and get back to some real computing.  MORE

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