Firefox OS-based smartphones debut in June in five countries

Mozilla announced earlier this year that the first smartphones that will use its Firefox OS would launch in some parts of the world later this summer. Today, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs revealed some more specifics about the launch timetable for Firefox OS.

AllThingsD.com reports that, as part of a presentation at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference, Kovacs stated that the first Firefox OS devices would launch this June in Venezuela and Brazil in South America, along with Spain, Portugal and Poland in Europe. 11 more countries would start selling Firefox OS smartphones by the end of 2013, according to Kovacs.

The U.S. will still have to wait until sometime in 2014 for Firefox OS products to launch. When asked why they decided to launch in smaller markets first, Kovacs stated, " ... 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."

LG, ZTE and Huawei are planning to offer smartphones based on Firefox OS, and all of them will have a version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor inside. Those devices are expected to be priced on the low end of the market.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via Mozilla

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I'm not sure I even see the point of this exercise. It seems like rote replication of what already exists. Is there really a demand for this phone OS? It can't be price, it can't be new tech, it can't be UI, it can't be more app access...

Wow, that really is more of the same. However, as you pointed out, you can *CUSTOMIZE* Android (even if the phone isn't rooted). Can you do that with iOS? How about WP? BB? Yea, didn't think so....

I know a reason you would not copy the Windows Phone 8 OS, because phones running it are selling like warm poop. Apart from people on tech blogs no one thinks there is anything wrong with the iPhone interface. People like it and they understand it.

I think that Firefox OS phones will do well, Firefox is a well known brand that carries some good will.

derekaw said,
I know a reason you would not copy the Windows Phone 8 OS, because phones running it are selling like warm poop. Apart from people on tech blogs no one thinks there is anything wrong with the iPhone interface. People like it and they understand it.

I think that Firefox OS phones will do well, Firefox is a well known brand that carries some good will.

Windows has literally billions of users, a few more than FireFox. And while not every one of them is a satisfied user, the number of users that keep going back over the competition is far greater than the number of Firefox users. So with all those users, people will go for an unknown phone, with unknown quality, without any marketing, that does not run the apps that people are used to but can run web pages, over a phone like Windows Phone? No, WP have not had great sales, but you really think that a FireFox phone will take any substantial marketshare from Android or iPhone? And let me guess, you think the Ubuntu Phone/Tablet/Desktop/TV device will also do great.

And I am saying that FF outselling WP is a joke. A product that nobody has seen yet, that will have no marketing, that will not have apps (isn't this a major point that people make against WP and Win8?) from a manufacturer that has no experience with hardware is just going to throw a device out into the marketplace and people will flock to it simply because it has the name FireFox?

Edit: And what brand does FF have? They have been in a steady decline. The only people who actually care about FF are the open source people. The general person off the street is not going to care about getting this phone simply because it has a FF logo on it. They want what everybody else has, and right now that is Android or iPhone.

Edited by SoylentG, Apr 15 2013, 10:48pm :

product that nobody has seen yet, that will have no marketing, that will not have apps (isn't this a major point that people make against WP and Win8?)

Except that there is already a body of apps out there. For example, one web app that I develop works brilliantly on Firefox OS despite never being designed for it. All we had to do was create a manifest file and register it on the Mozilla marketplace.

derekaw said,
I am saying that Windows Phone is not selling and it would not take much for a competitor with a good brand to sell better.

You people need to get out of your USA bubble once in a while. There are countries where WPs are selling like crazy. It's marketshare is already over 15% in countries like Italy.

another OS that has a home screen exactly the same layout as the old iphone.. I don't understand why these companies cannot come out with new ideas on OS UI except Microsoft and some of the Android skins (not many).. Just because the icons are a bit rounded is not very innovative..
I really hope WP becomes more successful because the mobile phone UI's these days are just way too bland..

You're in the minority then, average joes and janes dont care a UI looks different or that some people feel its innovative. Metro is just change for the sake of change -- just because something is new doesnt make it better or revolutionary. And the sales numbers prove it.

Metro is an interface from a failed mp3 player carried forward and dipped in fischer price colors, there is way too much screen space wasted on empty space - the fonts are gigantic like its a special phone for old people and the visually impaired. And theres not even a notification center so you have no clue what new things happened when - just a bunch of bland tiles barking at you. Thats only tip of the iceberg, sorry, its terrible.

MVD said,
You're in the minority then, average joes and janes dont care a UI looks different or that some people feel its innovative. Metro is just change for the sake of change -- just because something is new doesnt make it better or revolutionary. And the sales numbers prove it.

Metro is an interface from a failed mp3 player carried forward and dipped in fischer price colors, there is way too much screen space wasted on empty space - the fonts are gigantic like its a special phone for old people and the visually impaired. And theres not even a notification center so you have no clue what new things happened when - just a bunch of bland tiles barking at you. Thats only tip of the iceberg, sorry, its terrible.

If nobody cares about how a UI looks, then that beans that all the complaints about Metro, both the Windows Phone and Win8 variants, are simply people complaining because it is Microsoft and the rest of your whining is irrelevant.

MVD said,
You're in the minority then, average joes and janes dont care a UI looks different or that some people feel its innovative. Metro is just change for the sake of change -- just because something is new doesnt make it better or revolutionary. And the sales numbers prove it.

It's change for the sake of efficiency and intuitiveness. It's not perfect, but it's certainly a step above the 1980s outdated grid of icons UI. If it was useless, you wouldn't see the competition borrowing ideas from Metro.

SoylentG said,

If nobody cares about how a UI looks, then that beans that all the complaints about Metro, both the Windows Phone and Win8 variants, are simply people complaining because it is Microsoft and the rest of your whining is irrelevant.


They are not complaining about the looks, but about usability, and that is a world of difference.