In honoring their ethos of providing most affordable cheap smartphones for developing nations, the company had been sticking to the lowest end of the spec and quality spectrum, sacrificing quality in the name of cost.
Products like the Lumia 520 and the Moto G have made it known that it is possible to effect a workable compromise without skimping too much on quality. Low end does not have to mean terrible device. By golly, the initial Firefox OS phones were indeed terrible.
Perhaps after learning lessons from these, Mozilla has launched a new developer device called “Flame” with a dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and 8GB Memory with a slot for expandable storage. It goes for $170 (about N28,000). It also comes with the usuals like Bluetooth, WiFi, proximity sensor and 3G antenna. Compared to what have been released before, I say this is much improved. The issue of whether enough people care to buy a Firefox phone is another matter entirely.