Geeksphone previews Firefox OS developer devices with Telefónica and Mozilla Developer Network



  • The Spanish company presents developer preview devices ‘Keon’ and ‘Peak’

22 January 2013, Madrid - The Spanish company Geeksphone, dedicated to the design and manufacturing of next generation smartphones, has introduced two devices today for developers to test Firefox OS, along with global operator Telefónica and the Mozilla Developer Network.

Making preview devices available for developers is crucial to ensure a rich ecosystem is ready when handsets launch for the mass market during 2013. The Geeksphone devices will allow testing the capabilities of Firefox OS in a real environment beyond the facilities provided by current emulators. It will be possible to test some characteristics like real performance and interaction with the mobile network. The two devices are not aimed at end user consumers.

Geeksphone will deliver developer preview phones to incorporate Firefox OS, an innovative HTML5-based operating system that provides significant opportunities for application developers, content owners and service providers, both in terms of enabling new capabilities to facilitate the development, deployment and maintenance of applications.

Geekphone is producing two test devices, the ‘Keon’ and ‘Peak’. Keon has a Qualcomm 7225A 1GHz processor, a 3.5’ screen and a 3MPX camera. Peak is equipped with Qualcomm 8225 1.2GHz dual core processor, 4.3’ screen and 8MPX rear camera and 1.3 MPX front camera. These phones will initially run development versions of Firefox OS.

Telefónica has been working closely with Mozilla, other telecoms operators and other OEMs to develop Firefox OS, which will help to deliver the power and openness of the Web to mobile devices. Telefónica aims to launch Firefox OS devices to its consumer customers in several of its markets during 2013.

Telefónica will also acquire a number of Geekphone devices itself for internal testing and free distribution to developers. Carlos Domingo, director of Product Development and Innovation for Telefónica Digital, explains: “To make Firefox OS a success we need to assure a rich ecosystem and compelling user experience since day one. And that will only be possible if we provide developers the appropriate tools to make it happen.”

Javier Agüera, co-founder and CTE of Geeksphone, “We are delighted to be working with Telefónica and Mozilla to deliver Firefox OS onto hardware in order for developer preview phones to test in a real life environment.”

“Developers are at the heart of the Firefox OS revolution to bring the power of  the Web to mobile,” said Stormy Peters, Mozilla Director of Developer Engagement and Websites.  “We are excited to get preview phones in the hands of developers so that they can be a part of making the Firefox OS ecosystem an immersive user experience with a rich and compelling ecosystem of apps. The Geeksphone developer preview devices are an exciting part of the Firefox OS developer experience.”

Telefónica will have an initial number of Geeksphone developer preview devices to showcase to developers attending Campus Party Brazil which takes place in Sao Paulo from January 28th. At the event Telefónica will host a number of workshops as well as a developer contest for Firefox OS in which developers will be able to test their apps on Firefox OS using these new devices. Mozilla is also hosting Firefox OS App Days, a worldwide set of 20+ hack days to help developers get started developing apps for Firefox OS.

Developers who would like to order a Keon or Peak when they become available should visit http://www.geeksphone.com/for more information.

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About Geeksphone

The Spanish company Geeksphone is dedicated to designing and manufacturing last generation smartphones since its creation in 2009. It was the first European company to develop a smartphone with Android operating system.

Today, the company has established with its exchange values, creating trends and technological innovation, empowering the user and encouraging him the closeness of the brand. The company has grown from about 100,000 euros in 2010 to 2 million with plans to close 2012 in addition to the international expansion of the brand in 2013 with of leaders in the telecommunications sector.

About Telefónica

Telefónica is one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world by market capitalization and number of customers. Since its established position in this sector, and telephony and fixed broadband and mobile as key supports its growth, the Company focuses its strategy to strengthen its leadership in the digital world.

Present in 25 countries and a customer base of almost 314 million accesses, Telefónica has a strong presence in Europe and Latin America, major industrial partnerships and a leading global scale very favorably positioned the Company to capture growth.

Telefónica is a listed company, which has more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital is divided into 4,551,024,586 currently ordinary shares traded on the continuous market on the Spanish stock exchanges and stock exchanges in London, New York, Lima and Buenos Aires.

About Mozilla Developer Network

Mozilla Developer Network an open community of developers building resources for a better web, regardless of brand, browser or platform. Anyone can contribute and each person who does makes us stronger. Together we can continue to drive innovation on the Web to serve the greater good.. For more information please visit https://developer.mozilla.org