Want a Firefox OS (B2G) device? Buy VIA APC mini Computers for just $79

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Are you still waiting for your chance of getting a Firefox OS device? Well from today Smartphone (and Tablets) are just yet another option, as earlier today, VIA announced a Preview Release of Firefox OS for their couple of new products. APC Paper and APC Rock.

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VIA is popular for their inexpensive APC computer-on-a-board systems. While you could already run Android 4.0 on the little ARM-based system, now the company is offering a preview release (best known as B2G) for the $79 (APC Rock) and $99 (APC Paper). You can find the complete, buildable source codes on GitHub.

“I think APC’s potential is really great. It helps app developers, like myself, because it’s much easier than coding in a system-specific language,” said Joshua Smith, student and Mozilla User Advocacy volunteer from New York. “It truly is a responsive OS that brings the web to your computer in new ways.”

Much like any Smart devices (Smartphone, Tablet, Mac and PC), this will have a OTA updating facility, so an user can expect update often. Both the APC Rock and APC Paper are tiny computer boards with VIA WonderMedia WM8950 ARM Cortex-A9 processors, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, HDMI,  Ethernet, and USB ports, microSD card slots, and ARM Mali 400 graphics. APC Paper is housed in a unique recycled cardboard book-like casing, allowing it to blend easily into any environment. In a Press Release APC announced this.

“Throughout development of APC we have learned from our experiences to continually improve APC. The emergence of Firefox OS provides us with a better path to reach our goal,” said Richard Brown, VP of International Marketing, VIA Technologies Inc. “Mozilla’s mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web, aligns with our vision for APC creating the perfect combination to deliver the best of the web to desktops everywhere. We couldn’t be more excited about the future.”

APC Rock has the following specs: to Buy Click Here.

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Item Description
Model Rock
Software Firefox OS (PC System)
Chip VIA ARM Cortex-A9 @800Mhz Processor
Memory DDR3 512MB Memory
4GB NAND Flash
Graphics Built-in 2D/3D Graphic
Resolution up to 720p
Input and Output HDMI
VGA
USB 2.0 (x2)
microUSB (OTG)
Audio out / Mic in
microSD Slot
Network 10/100 Ethernet
Debug 20-pin ARM-JTAG header
Expansion Extra GPIO, SPI and I2C busses on a header
Size 170 x 85mm (W x H)
Neo-ITX Standard*

 

APC Paper has the following specs: to Buy Click Here.

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Item Description
Model Paper
Software Firefox OS (PC System)
Chip VIA ARM Cortex-A9 @800Mhz Processor
Memory DDR3 512MB Memory
4GB NAND Flash
Graphics Built-in 2D/3D Graphic
Resolution up to 720p
Input and Output HDMI
USB 2.0 (x2)
microUSB (OTG)
Audio out / Mic in
microSD Slot
Network 10/100 Ethernet
Debug 20-pin ARM-JTAG header
Expansion Extra GPIO, SPI and I2C busses on a header
Size 204 x 98 x 28mm (W x H x D)
Case Recycled pressed cardboard with high-grade aluminum

Already Firefox OS is available with ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire in Spain, Poland, Colombia and Venezuela. Plus Most of the EU member country resident can place an order of ZTE Open (unlocked) from eBay UK. On the other hand LG is all set to launch their device in Brasil in October.

In order to speed up development, free APCs will be rewarded to developers that fix a known issue. A full list of issues is available here.

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Avijit Dey (202 Posts)

Avijit is the chief-editor of Firefox OS Guide and a Tech blogger, who loves open source. He's helping others by blogging since 2007 on various of his blogs. You can get in touch with him on Twitter @FirefoxOSGuide


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3 Responses to “Want a Firefox OS (B2G) device? Buy VIA APC mini Computers for just $79”

  1. Let me guess – their next model is ‘Scissors’? ;-)

  2. […] systems. While you could already run Android 4.0 on the little ARM-based system, now the company is offering a preview release (best known as B2G) for the $79 (APC Rock) and $99 (APC …. You can find the complete, buildable source codes […]

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