A few hours after officially going on sale, the first batch of Firefox OS developer phones are listed as “Out of stock.”
Keon and Peak are basically preview devices, meant to gain interest with developers and allow for time to play around with the operating system, try out new features, and assess its capabilities before Firefox OS see a wider release to the public. June is the expected month for that to happen with Firefox devices hitting Spain, Brazil, Portugal, and Venezuela off the get-go. We aren’t expecting Firefox’s devices to usurp the Apples and Androids of the world, but they seem poised for a mid-market takeover.
It’s difficult to judge the platform’s long-term success on these numbers alone as it hasn’t seen a public release yet. Most of these sales are being made to an interested and enthusiastic group of developers, which definitely skews the devices’ sold out status. As well, compared to bigger name manufacturers, the Keon and Peak are being produced in relatively small numbers. Still, Geeksphone must be feeling pretty good right now.
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