Mozilla planning Firefox OS international roll out for this summer

Summary:The software provider is gearing up to bring its mobile operating system to handful of countries soon.

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Mozilla has revealed where it will be initially launching its mobile operating system, Firefox OS.

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Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile summit hosted by AllThingsD in New York City this week, CEO Gary Kovacs told audience goers that the first wave of the roll out will commence this summer.

The software provider has a rather diverse test pool lined up with following five nations consisting of the first wave: Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal and Spain.

But Kovacs noted at the conference that a U.S. debut won't follow until at least 2014.

Here's why, as reported by AllThingsD:

"In Silicon Valley we tend to see the world through high-end devices," Kovacs said. "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."

While the aforementioned quintet will get Firefox OS in June, at least 11 more (unnamed) markets are slated to be included by the end of the year.

Topics: Mobile OS, Mobility, Smartphones, Software, Tablets

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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