Developers were eager to get their hands on the new Firefox OS developer phones today. Spanish provider GeeksPhone sold out within hours of making them available.
“In the first few hours of the GeeksPhone store opening, demand has been overwhelming, surpassing initial expectations [and] causing our store to be taken temporarily offline,” a GeeksPhone spokesman said. “It will be back up in the next few hours and more stock will be available.”
Mozilla revealed its Firefox OS developer phones in January — the Keon and Peak — in partnership with Telefonica.
On sale for $119, the “light and versatile but also powerful” Keon (pictured) features a 3.5-inch 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 4.3-inch 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. 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.
“Mozilla is thrilled to see such high demand for the Firefox OS developer preview devices made available today by GeeksSphone,” Stormy Peters, Mozilla’s director of websites and developer engagement, said in a statement. “The support for these devices has been overwhelming, and we are thrilled to see the development community excited to create content for the open Web on mobile.”
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 U.S. probably won’t see a Mozilla Firefox phone until 2014.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 2:15 p.m. Eastern with comment from Mozilla and GeeksPhone.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag