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Firefox OS devs offered free phones by Mozilla

Mozilla is on the hunt for developers to build applications for its upcoming Firefox mobile operating system, and to sweeten the deal, the company is now throwing in a free Firefox OS Developer Preview device.

Those with a Firefox OS app they'd like to build or port are encouraged to submit their proposals to Mozilla. Those whose proposals are accepted will get a free GeeksPhone Keon phone.

The programme closes at the end of the month, or when Mozilla runs out of phones to give away. "Our device inventory is limited and our launch dates are approaching fast, so act now," the company said.

"Wherever you are, if you can show you've got a great app idea and the skill to build it, we'd love to see your apps in the Marketplace when the Firefox OS launch begins later this summer," Mozilla's Havi Hoffman wrote in a blog post.

Firefox OS was first unveiled in July 2012, and by January, Mozilla revealed two new developer preview phones, including the Keon. A 3.5in touch-screen device, the Keon is "light and versatile but also powerful," with a 3-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage, as well as MicroSD, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It runs a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 and a 1580mAh battery.

"When Firefox OS phones become available to consumers in select locales this summer, you'll have an opportunity that only comes around once — a first-mover advantage in Firefox Marketplace," Hoffman said.

The OS will be available on a range of phones, including higher-end smartphones, possibly from Sony, according to Computerworld.

The other Firefox OS developer phone, the Peak, is a slightly larger 4.3in device with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front one. It also has 4GB of storage, MicroSD, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, and GPS, and runs a 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 1800 mAh battery. Both GeeksPhone developer handsets went on sale in April, and were quickly snapped up.

Meanwhile, those testing apps for the new operating system got a boost earlier this month, when Mozilla formally released version 3.0 of its Firefox OS Simulator for developers working from their Windows, Mac, or Linux computers.