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Mozilla Looks to Entice Developers With Firefox OS Phones

Aiming to build interest among mobile programmers, Mozilla announced Tuesday that it will make available preview hardware running its Firefox OS.

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The two “developer preview” devices are being created in partnership with Geeksphone and Spanish carrier Telefonica. Telefonica has already said it will support the Web-based operating system on commercial devices expected later this year.

“Developer preview phones will help make the mobile web more accessible to more people,” Mozilla said in a blog posting on Tuesday. “Developers are critical to the web and to Mozilla’s mission to make the web accessible to everyone.”

The preview devices are unlocked. The low-end model, dubbed Keon, features a Qualcomm S1 processor and 3.5-inch touchscreen, among other features. A higher-end model, Peak, features a dual-core Qualcomm chip and a 4.3-inch screen.

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will talk more about the Firefox OS project when he takes the stage at our D: Dive Into Mobile conference in April.

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