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Firefox OS phones go on sale, sell out immediately

Firefox OS phones go on sale, sell out immediately

The Geeksphone Keon and Peak are the first phones to run Firefox OS.

The first phones to run the open-source mobile phone operating system, Firefox OS, have gone on sale, promptly sold out and crashed the company's website.

Geeksphone - a Spanish startup - is the company producing and selling the first Firefox phones but its online shop, http://shop.geeksphone.com/en/, struggled under the weight of interest so has been taken down while the company sets about improving its performance - we'll update you when we know of it being back online.

The phones themselves - called the Keon and Peak - are of the budget persuasion, costing €91 (£78) and €149 (£130) respectively. The Keon features a 3.5-inch screen, single core Qualcomm Cortex-A 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and Firefox orange case. Meanwhile the Peak packs in a 4.3-inch screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8225 processor and an 8-megapixel camera, and it comes in a white finish.

Geeksphone Keon specs
  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 3.5″ HVGA (320x480) Multitouch
  • 3 MP Camera
  • 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB
  • 1580 mAh battery
  • Over the air updates
  • Unlocked, add your own SIM card

Geeksphone Peak specs
  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz x2
  • UMTS 2100/1900/900 (3G HSPA)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (2G EDGE)
  • Screen 4.3″ qHD (540x960) IPS Multitouch
  • Camera 8 MP (back) + 2 MP (front)
  • 4 GB (ROM) and 512 (RAM)
  • MicroSD, Wifi N, Light and proxmity Sensor, G-Sensor, GPS, MicroUSB, Flash (camera)
  • Battery 1800mAh


Firefox OS is an open source operating system that is inherently designed to be tinkered with by manufacturers, networks and users. Although only currently available on Geeksphone products, larger manufacturers such as Alcatel, Huawei, LG, Sony and ZTE have all shown interest in producing Firefox OS products.

As BlackBerry and Microsoft have both found out, though, the key to a successful mobile phone eco-system is good app support and Firefox is going to face this very same challenge if it's to succeed in making in roads into iOS and Android's market share. To this end, the Geeksphone products are actually being aimed at developers, with Firefox hoping they will be used to accelerate app support for the platform in advance of other Firefox phones being released.

If you want to learn more about Firefox OS, head over to the Mozilla Developer Network Firefox OS page. You can also install the OS or use the online simulator to preview it.

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KidMod-Southpaw 23rd April 2013, 19:17 Quote
I personally think that they're too late to make a difference. In terms of open source OS', Android already holds a dominance that I really can't see Firefox changing. We'll just have to see what happens with Samsung possibly planning to ditch Android.

Still, I'm looking forward to a review, because they could turn out to be very nice budget phones!
maverik-sg1 23rd April 2013, 20:50 Quote
If peeps are still looking for 'just' a phone with web functionality and some sort of games support then yes this could be a contender.....

I have to admit, my phone is far more capable than what I actually use it for, example, I have just got an app that scans business cards and adds them to my contacts, instead of me manually entering the contacts to my mail account and then synchronising the phone etc......proving that the weakest link of a modern smartphone is the person using it and it will reach the limits of the user before itself......well definitely in my case anyway :)

These phones will probably satisfy the requirements for >50% of all the phone users worldwide - but if it's recognised as the 'lada' of mobiles, people in the developed world will avoid regardless...I wish them luck, I don't like monopolies and competition can only be a good thing.
Tulatin 23rd April 2013, 22:54 Quote
To be honest, I'm kind of underwhelmed. The specs are sure to be enough to handle the OS and keep costs down but in a world of 1080p monster phones with multicore processers, I'm inclined to say big whoop.

That, and holy crap. Samsung got sued for something that vaguely resembled an iPhone 4. The firefox phone... almost feels like it hails from the Kia school of design.
impar 23rd April 2013, 23:00 Quote
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With Firefox OS, Mozilla gets a little dirty to clean the mobile web
Strange bedfellows aim to crack the Apple-Google duopoly
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And that’s how we arrived at last Sunday’s Mozilla press conference, where senior executives from no fewer than five carriers enthusiastically took the stage alongside Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs. How does a new kid in the perpetually overcrowded smartphone scene have the attention of the likes of Deutsche Telekom, one of the largest operators in the world?

By letting them in on the money.
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http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4031362/firefox-os-mozilla-gets-a-little-dirty-to-clean-the-mobile-web
SexyHyde 23rd April 2013, 23:59 Quote
I thought they were too late, but with what i'm seeing lately, I think they have it right. There are too many people with phones that are overpowered / too complex for them and I have seen a few people moving from iPhones to Galaxy Aces or Cheap HTC Windows. The majority of people with smart phones don't pay for apps and a fairly large portion of them don't download apps at all. These people just want a cheap phone, especially in the current economic climate, and as long as it does the basic things (phone/ text/ email/ web/ photos/ music/ movies/ camera/ fb/ twitter) I don't think there is too much to worry about - it just comes down to word of mouth and marketing.
SchizoFrog 24th April 2013, 00:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by SexyHyde
I thought they were too late, but with what i'm seeing lately, I think they have it right. There are too many people with phones that are overpowered / too complex for them and I have seen a few people moving from iPhones to Galaxy Aces or Cheap HTC Windows. The majority of people with smart phones don't pay for apps and a fairly large portion of them don't download apps at all. These people just want a cheap phone, especially in the current economic climate, and as long as it does the basic things (phone/ text/ email/ web/ photos/ music/ movies/ camera/ fb/ twitter) I don't think there is too much to worry about - it just comes down to word of mouth and marketing.

I think the bigger issue and reason for these people switching is the finances. People no longer can or want to spend a fortune on a phone and as high end phones have reached a level where the hardware is far more powerful than the usage demands, people can have just the same experience on lesser powered devices that cost far less.
As for these being the answer, there have always been cheap alternatives to the iPhones and such but people wanted and could afford the best they could get, times change. As the release of these devices wasn't exactly publicised, nor are they officially released through network providers, this seems like a hype over 'inside purchases' and they are far from becoming anything close to being considered mainstream.
Stelph 24th April 2013, 10:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Quote:
Originally Posted by SexyHyde
I thought they were too late, but with what i'm seeing lately, I think they have it right. There are too many people with phones that are overpowered / too complex for them and I have seen a few people moving from iPhones to Galaxy Aces or Cheap HTC Windows. The majority of people with smart phones don't pay for apps and a fairly large portion of them don't download apps at all. These people just want a cheap phone, especially in the current economic climate, and as long as it does the basic things (phone/ text/ email/ web/ photos/ music/ movies/ camera/ fb/ twitter) I don't think there is too much to worry about - it just comes down to word of mouth and marketing.

I think the bigger issue and reason for these people switching is the finances. People no longer can or want to spend a fortune on a phone and as high end phones have reached a level where the hardware is far more powerful than the usage demands, people can have just the same experience on lesser powered devices that cost far less.
As for these being the answer, there have always been cheap alternatives to the iPhones and such but people wanted and could afford the best they could get, times change. As the release of these devices wasn't exactly publicised, nor are they officially released through network providers, this seems like a hype over 'inside purchases' and they are far from becoming anything close to being considered mainstream.

I also wonder if Firefox OS could do well because it hasnt got the "top end" device. I think a lot of people want cheaper phones but dont want to be jeleous of a higher specced phone than the one they already have! Since the "top spec" firefox OS phone is still under £200 theres no risk of them being shown up by their mate who has got a higher specced version and shows it off every night out :)
Anfield 24th April 2013, 13:15 Quote
Firefox OS won't be the only new kid on the block for long, there is a whole lot of new mobile operating systems set to come soon, personally I'm excited, simply put, if Apple and Google get a frequent kick in their behind then we can get some innovation unlike with PCs where we are stuck at the mercy of Microsoft for decades.
NethLyn 24th April 2013, 16:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I think the bigger issue and reason for these people switching is the finances.

Agreed, I don't know how many mobile users are just waiting it out re smartphones. I waited until it was a free upgrade with no change to current contract details except an extension. I just wasn't going to spend the extra cash on one or in the case of an iPhone, PC money.

As a very minor added reason Mozilla and Firefox does have its hardcore set of fans who will buy the T-Shirts and other stuff Moz-related, the sales rush could also be a question of being the first to own a piece of that.
SexyHyde 25th April 2013, 01:10 Quote
I think its mainly down to the lower end tech catching up and being usable. I got my missus a Galaxy Europe which at the time was a decent budget android, but the lag/freezes meant it was a pain to use. Yeah it could do things her old phone couldn't, but it couldn't do them very well. Now we are seeing budget phones do the basics very well.
Firefox also had almost half the browser market to itself until recently and is sitting around 30% now. So it will have recognition with a large portion of the public, Something almost all the other upcoming upstarts don't have.
I know I would have got the missus one if I hadn't bought her a Nexus 4 recently.
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