Mozilla recently announced its new 4.5” Dual-Core Reference Phone at MWC this year. Mozilla announced new developer reference hardware and tools that will continue to accelerate momentum around the Firefox OS ecosystem, making it cheaper, faster and easier for developers, operators and OEMs to deploy innovative Web apps and create personalized Firefox OS experiences.

Mozilla had also announced a 4.5” dual-core reference phone, enabling developers to test new Firefox OS features and apps against different memory configurations. The Mozilla tablet program helps developers test their apps and build out Firefox OS for tablets.New Firefox OS developer tools and hardware demonstrate ecosystem momentum

A New Firefox OS PhoneGap integration was also announced, allowing hundreds of thousands of PhoneGap developers to port their existing apps to Firefox OS in a matter of hours, while new WebAPIs will continue to narrow the gap between native and Web apps. At Mobile World Congress, Mozilla also launched developer tools that will allow OEMs and operators to easily customize Firefox OS for a variety of customer segments.

Firefox OS Flame Specs (Reference device):

  • Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon, 1.2GHZ Dual core processor

  • 4.5” screen (FWVGA 854×480 pixels)

  • Cameras: Rear: 5MP / Front: 2MP

  • 3G UMTS quad-band (850/900/1900/2100)

  • 8GB memory

  • 256MB -1GB RAM (adjustable by developer)

  • A-GPS, NFC

  • Dual SIM Support

  • Battery capacity: 1,800 mAh

  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro USB

Developer Reference Tablet Specifications:

VIA Vixen:

  • 7’’ 1024×600 HD LCD screen

  • 1.2 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 processor

  • ARM Mali-400 Dual-Processor GPU

  • 8GB storage

  • 1GB RAM

  • Cameras: Front 0.3 MP, Back 2.0 MP

  • Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n

Foxconn InFocus:

  • 10” screen (1280 x 800 pixels, 24-bit color)

  • A31 (ARM Cortex A7) Quad-Core 1.0GHz w/ PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU

  • 16GB storage

  • 2GB RAM

  • Cameras: Rear 5MP/ Front 2MP

  • A-GPS

  • Battery capacity: 7,000 mAh

  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro USB

“It’s clear that more and more developers are choosing the Web as their preferred development platform for mobile apps, as the technical gap between native and Web apps narrows,” said Brendan Eich, Mozilla CTO and SVP Engineering. “We listen to what developers are asking for to make the Web their primary development platform and think Mozilla and its partners have made significant progress with these new hardware, tools, and WebAPIs. It’ll be exciting to see what new mobile innovations come in 2014.”

The company states how developers have always been the key to driving innovation around the Web, and continue to enable it as a platform for app development and distribution. According to Vision Mobile, developer interest for Firefox OS continues to grow, capturing 7% of developer mindshare in just six months. The report also highlighted that during Q1 2014, 52% of developers were already using HTML5 for mobile websites or Web apps with an additional 16% indicating their intention to join them.