Hours after Geeksphone put up the developer versions of its Firefox OS smartphones, Keon and Peak, the handsets have been sold out. The company is offering the Keon for $119 (approximately Rs 6,454) and the Peak for $194 (approximately Rs 10,522). Attempting to access the company's store gives the message: “Due to the great demand of our phones at shop.geeksphone.com, the shop is currently out of stock.” The store is expected to be back online in a few hours.
According to TechCrunch, the company is working hard on getting more handsets in stock and hopes to start selling again later this week. Despite being sold out, however, we can't judge the popularity of Firefox OS by just using this, as Geeksphone likely produced very small numbers of the handsets and was just aiming to sell it to the enthusiast and developer crowd.
The handsets are preview devices and are designed to let developers get the hang of making apps for the platform. The general public launch for Firefox OS-based phones will be June this year.
Well… that escalated quickly…
The entry-level Keon is powered by a 1GHz processor from Snapdragon and 512MB of RAM. It is equipped with a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 3 megapixel camera and 4GB of internal memory. The Peak has a 1.2GHz processor by Snapdragon. It has a 4.3-inch qHD screen with an IPS panel and is equipped with two cameras – an 8 megapixel shooter and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Firefox OS would launch in eleven countries by the end of the year. CEO Gary Kovacs said at the time, “We plan to hit Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal and Spain. … We’ll hit the U.S. in 2014.”
For those wondering why the company is leaving out an important market like the US for its initial rollout, Kovacs explained, “In Silicon Valley we tend to see the world through high-end devices…But that’s not true in the rest of the world. So in the short term, we’re launching in emerging markets where Firefox is particularly strong. … It didn’t make sense for us to launch a version-one device around the world.”
It was early in July last year when Mozilla made its big announcement. The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko” project, which unlocks many of the current limitations of web development on mobile, allowing HTML5 applications to access the underlying capabilities of a phone that were previously only available to native applications. Telefónica’s Digital unit had partnered with Mozilla early this year to take this work and showcase a new phone architecture where every phone feature, which includes calling, messaging, games, etc., is an HTML5 application.
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