Mozilla’s Asa Dotler recently confirmed that the company has begun testing its flagship Firefox OS on tablets.
The web-centric OS, already available on a number of low-end smartphones, is specifically designed to run web apps written in HTML 5 and other web-based languages.
As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes, the first tablets loaded with Mozilla’s OS will likely be low-cost, low-end devices.
Key (or minimal) features include a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an Allwinner A31 ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor paired with PowerVR SGX 544 graphics, front and rear cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a microSD card slot, micro USB port and a 7000mAh battery.
“The tablet’s built by Foxconn, and it basically has the specs of a low-end Android tablet. That doesn’t mean all Firefox OS tablets will be low-cost devices, but it’s not a bad place to start,” Linder explained.
“Mozilla’s hardware partners have been launching Firefox OS phones initially in developing markets, where smartphone and tablet saturation isn’t as high as it is in the US and Europe — and where a newcomer might have a better chance to compete with Android, iOS, and other dominant platforms in developed markets.”