Geeksphone Keon Firefox OS phone hits the FCC, user manual included

The Geeksphone Keon is a phone aimed at developers that want to get their feet wet with Mozilla’s upcoming Firefox OS mobile operating system. Spanish company Geeksphone plans to start shipping the phones internationally by the end of the month.

But you can read the user manual and get a closer look at the Keon now, thanks to a listing at the FCC website.

Geeksphone Keon

Firefox OS is designed to run apps written using web development tools including HTML5 and Javascript. It doesn’t need particularly powerful hardware, and the first Firefox OS phones are expected to be low end or mid-range smartphones aimed at developing markets.

The Keon features a  3.5 inch, 480 x 320 pixel display, a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It sells for just about $120.

Geeksphone also plans to offer a model with a 4.3 inch, 960 x 540 pixel display and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU.

According to the user manual, the Keon has a removable rear cover which lets you access the user replaceable battery or insert a SIM card.

The manual also provides a look at the on-screen keyboard, phone dialer, music player, and other apps — although the images of the web browser and gallery/video player look suspiciously like the stock Android versions of those apps. That’s not shocking, since Firefox OS is based on Android, even though it won’t be able to run most third party Android apps.

I suspect the phone will actually run a mobile version of the Firefox web browser though, rather than the Webkit-based Android web browser.

via Engadget

  • sola

    I am wondering if FirefoxOS supports some kind of built-in intelligent contact/calendar synchronisation like SyncML.

    Meego had built-in SyncML and I considered that a great advantage since it made it possible to sync with a lot of services and even with Evolution (through SyncEvolution)

    • ddevine

      Plain old CalDAV and CardDAV would be fine IMO. Currently you have to get an app for Android.
      Sadly, the only platform that supports CalDAV and CardDAV natively is iOS, which I would never sink low enough to use.
      Sure SyncML is great, but the free SyncML server support is not there – but CalDAV and CardDAV is trivial to have your own server or a free/cheap hosted instance (particularly with OwnCloud).

  • Bryan Redeagle

    In several interviews, spokespeople have said the core is the same as android’s, but all of the apps are written in HTML/CSS/JS. It’s open source, go you can just check out how all of the apps are built in the repository.