The new mobile operating system, which hopes to defeat its robot-powered foe using the power of super-cheap smart phones, will land in Spain tomorrow.
The first phone to carry the operating system, which we've already tested, will be the ZTE Open. As you might expect, the phone itself is rather basic -- you get a 3.5-inch display and a single-core processor, as well as a 3.2-megapixel camera.
Not too exciting, but then the Open is ridiculously cheap. It costs €69 (about £59), a price that includes €30 (roughly £26) of credit on pay as you go.
Firefox OS itself is broadly similar to Android, arranging a grid of apps on a tiled homescreen. It uses the Firefox browser, so Mozilla is hoping it'll be a hit with fans who want a cheap smart phone for basic Web browsing, rather than fancy video or game apps.
It may, however, risk being too similar to Android, which is also available on some very cheap phones. Battling established operating systems is no easy task either -- just ask the embattled Nokia, which has struggled to find success with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll get a taste of Firefox OS in Britain for a while yet. Although Mozilla's Brendan Eich promises "other launches to follow", an earlier list of countries soon to enjoy the new platform don't include the UK.
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