As it was recently announced, the producer of the popular Firefox browser is due to release its own Firefox OS. This one is a Linux-based open-source operating system designed for mobile devices. And, of course, there are some hardware vendors, such as Sony and ZTE for instance, that are ready to support the new smartphones' development.
So, how does the prototypes of these mobile devices look like?
The Keon is powered by a 1GHz processor and has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and a 3-megapixel camera. The Peak is more powerful with its dual-core 1.2GHz processor. It also has a 4.3-inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. Both models have 4GB of integrated storage that can be expanded using a MicroSD card. They can connect to the Internet using HSPA or 802.11n, and they have GPS, as well as a number of sensors.
Not bad for the previously announced price of $100.
However, some experts doubt of the HTML5 success, which Firefox OS emphasizes as the main platform for the apps development. Although it makes apps cheaper and easier to create, it doesn't have such performance level that native apps can provide.
What's more, how long will it take for Mozilla to create its own Play Market?
It really matters.
Anyway, many investors are considering the project as a long-term perspective. So time will tell.