We first saw a preview of the Firefox OS in August last year, after the announcement that these Firefox OS powered devices will be slated for a commercial launch in Brazil in early 2013. To get gears up and running, the Mozilla Foundation has also announced yesterday that smartphones running the OS will be available to developers in February, and in our opinion, just in time to be showcased at MWC 2013. Given that it was first showcased at MWC last year as part of the Boot to Gecko project, we wouldn't be surprised to see the phones this year at the huge mobile-centric event.
Like what RIM did with its BlackBerry 10 developer units, the idea here is to get developers on board to create a more robust app ecosystem for the new operating system. Because the devices are not designed for consumers, they will be running development versions of Firefox OS. The official unveiling of the devices will only take place later this year.
The two smartphones will be codenamed Keon and Peak, with the latter showcasing higher-end specs. The dev phones will not be free, and pricing will be announced in early February. Both phones are said to come with a MicroSD slot, light and proximity sensors, GPS, and a MicroUSB slot, with support for 802.11n WiFi, HSPA and 2G.
Keon will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1-GHz chip, a 3.5-inch half-size VGA (HVGA) multitouch screen and a 3-megapixel camera. On the other hand, the Peak will showcase a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2 GHz chip, a 4.3-inch qHD screen and a 8-megapixel camera.