The Firefox mobile OS Hackathon event was held this morning in Bucharest with it taking place takes in over 20 countries worldwide. The purpose for it is to bring knowledge of the OS along with its features and requirements. Mozilla is showing that its very serious about the software and is willing to invest to a great extent into it.
The Firefox OS was designed for low-cost phones and up to the mid-range segment of devices. A few days ago Mozilla brought two phones that application developers could purchase running the OS: GeeksPhone Peak and GeeksPhone Keon. The first has a 4.3-inch IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and microSD card slot, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front camera and a 1800 mAh battery. The second offered less impressive technical specifications: s 3.5-inch display with 340×480 pixels resolution, Qualcomm S1 single core chip at 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB storage, microSD slot, 3 megapixel camera and 1580 mAh battery.
Application Development on Firefox OS is easy. There is only one rule, to be somewhat plastic. Developers are provided with a range of tools to port an application. Any HTML5-standard web application running in native mode can run on Firefox OS. On the developer device the the graphical interface seemed simple enough. It had a touch of MeeGo without the swipe gestures made by Nokia. There is an area reminiscent of Android notifications, just like the settings in the Google software. All applications are on the display just as in iOS. Below a short demo video of the OS in English: