Mozilla Firefox OS developer phones sell out quickly

Mozilla Firefox OS developer phones sell out quickly

Developers were evidently eager to get their hands on the new Firefox OS developer phones yesterday. Spanish provider GeeksPhone sold out within hours of making them available.

The online shop is currently shut down, but the dual devices were listed as “Out of stock” a few hours after going on sale.

Mozilla revealed its Firefox OS developer phones in January — the Keon and Peak — in partnership with Telefonica.

On sale for $119 (£80), the “light and versatile but also powerful” Keon features a 3.5in touch screen, 3-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage, plus a MicroSD, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It runs a 1-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor and a 1580mAh battery.

Its older sibling, the Peak, is what GeeksPhone called a “powerful” device, weighing in with a slightly larger 4.3in qHD IPS touch screen. It overshadows the Keon in other aspects, including the 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front one, as well as its price tag: $194 (£130). It runs a 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 1800 mAh battery, and also comes with 4GB of storage, MicroSD, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

The devices will allow developers to test their apps on Mozilla’s upcoming Firefox OS.

“Developer preview phones will help make the mobile Web more accessible to more people,” Mozilla said in January. “Developers are critical to the Web and the Mozilla’s mission to make the Web accessible to everyone.”

The OS is expected to launch on commercial phones built by Alcatel, LG, and ZTE this summer in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Venezuela. Phones from Huawei will follow later, as will other country rollouts. The UK may not see a Mozilla Firefox phone until 2014.

For now, GeeksPhone is working on getting more phones back in stock, and hopes to have them ready for sale again this week.

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