Mozilla to launch Firefox OS in emerging markets first, holding off US launch until 2014

April 15, 2013
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Eager to get your hands on the upcoming Firefox OS from Mozilla? Then read on. According to current company CEO Gary Kovacs, Mozilla’s upcoming smartphone OS will be made available first in five emerging countries in June of this year. These countries are Brazil, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Venezuela, as stated during All Thing’s D‘s latest D: Dive Into Mobile conference. Kovacs also said that Firefox OS is scheduled to launched in 11 other countries throughout the end of 2013.

So when exactly is Firefox OS going to countries like the US and certain places in Europe? Kovacs said that it won’t happen until some time in 2014, so if you’ve been pining for a chance to test out the upcoming OS for yourself, you’re just going to have to wait a little while longer. Apparently, Mozilla is planning to focus completely on emerging markets first.

The reasoning behind Mozilla’s choice to focus on emerging markets with the initial launch of Firefox OS is because it doesn’t make sense for them to release a “version-one device” in places where high-end handsets get the most attention. So Mozilla intends to lay low for a bit and focus primarily on places where Firefox has a strong following, according to Kovacs.

What do you think about Mozilla’s strategy? Do you think you could hold out for Firefox OS until 2014? Tell us about your thoughts in the comments.

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