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First Look at the FireFox OS Developer Preview Phone

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First Look at the FireFox OS Developer Preview Phone

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Introduction

I was lucky enough to get the geeksphone Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone (Keon) directly from Mozilla. This blog post will contain lots and lots of pictures with a quick summary at the end. I’ll be talking more about this phone in the future, but for now just pictures.

Note: I was NOT asked or paid to write this blog post. I asked Mozilla for permission first, which they granted.

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After the device was shipped to me, it came with both the phone and the Kingston 4GB memory card.

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First look after taking the cover off.

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After removing the plastic wrapping from the phone, you can see the box comes with all kinds of goodies.

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It comes with the phone, instruction manual, warranty, ear plugs, USB cable and a European USB wall adapter.

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The front and back of the phone.

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After opening up the back, I inserted the 4GB memory card and battery. I did not have a SIM card adapter available as I am currently using a Nano-SIM.

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I couldn’t resist not showing off this cool sticker that I missed from the original picture.

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Not a better feeling in the world.

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You first have to navigate through several setup screens.

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Then comes the lock-screen. You can simply swipe up to unlock it.

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This is the first screen that you see, obviously the buttons are phone, SMS, contacts and the web browser – powered by Mozilla! Surprise!

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If you swipe to the right, you can start to see some apps such as the camera, gallery, FM radio, settings, Marketplace and HERE maps.

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Another swipe to the left and you will see the calendar, clock, cost control, email, music and video.

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If you head back to the home screen, and swipe right then you can see many entertainment options such as games, YouTube, Movies, TV, Sports and more.

Wrap-up

I am really excited about this phone as the apps are open web. The API documentation seems straightforward and they have a ton of docs on HTML5, CSS3, etc. in case you need to get up to speed. They also have a demo studio with source code to help you get up and started very quickly.

I hope this first looked helped! Again, stay tuned as I’ll be writing more about Firefox OS as time permits.



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