Where were we with the Mozilla Firefox OS stuff? Ah, last we typed, the first Firefox OS handsets were shown off (er, if that’s the correct term) at Mobile World Congress in February.
Well, Firefox OS is finally set to land, and will make its debut in no less than five countries in June. ‘Citing.
If you’re thinking: ‘Yeah, we’re probably not on the list’, well, you’d be right. The focus is primarily on emerging markets, which means we’re looking at Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal and Spain for starters.
A further 11 countries will see Firefox OS by the end of the year, though the US in particular will have to wait till 2014.
Explaining the Firefox OS rollout strategy, CEO Gary Kovacs purrs: “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.”
As for the handsets, they’ll be decidedly modest (and suitably cheap - which is kinda the whole point). The ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, for example, have 3.5in displays, 1GHz single-core processors, 256MB of RAM, and 3MP rear cameras.