Spain’s Geeksphone Exits Smartphones
Muere la revolución. Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone has confirmed it’s stepping out of the mobile making game almost six years after founding a startup business to build handsets for an enthusiast community of geeks looking for something a little different to mainstream smartphones.
In a note posted to its user forum, spotted earlier by Tech.eu, Geeksphone writes that the mobile ecosystem has moved on and its founding concept of serving a niche geek community is no longer a viable way to differentiate a mobile handset business.
“The reality of the company today is very different from what it was in the beginning, since the concept of innovation based on a passionate geek community, talented and creative, has now much less sense and it is a differentiation, which currently generates little interest in the mobile environment in relation to the 2009 date of our creation,” it writes.
It’s unclear how many handsets Geeksphone has sold over its five+ years of operation. It released six handsets in all, and refers only to selling “several thousand terminals”. It started out building Android based smartphones but also branched into Firefox OS, and a multi-OS handset where users could choose to between Android or FFOS post-purchase.
It’s fair to say that FFOS has failed to gain traction in the market, despite significant carrier backing at launch. While competing as an Android OEM has only got tougher and more competitive since 2009, even as handset choice has proliferated for buyers, quality has gone up and price-tags have been squeezed, shrinking the appeal of Geeksphone’s proposition.