Two mobile platforms dominate the current smartphone landscape – iOS and Android – with two others hoping to gain ground – Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10. But there’s a fifth mobile OS on the horizon that may make an impact as well – Firefox OS.
Developed by Mozilla , Firefox OS is based on open web standards and APIs, and would, at first, be aimed at low-end devices that would be affordable for consumers.
The first developer hardware for Firefox OS is set to launch soon: the Keon (seen above) and the Peak, with a larger screen and more advanced hardware. Both will be sold by GeeksPhone. These handsets are not aimed at consumers, but at developers who wish to write software for the new OS.
No pricing or release information has been made available, but the hardware is expected to begin shipping soon.
It remains to be seen if Firefox OS can be a serious player in the mobile market, or if it’ll be more of a boutique project.