Looks like Firefox OS is well on its way to becoming a relevant player in the mobile operating system environment, what, with major manufacturers and carriers falling behind the web browser developer. These companies include Alcatel, Huawei, LG Electronics and ZTE. Alcatel even launched its One Touch Fire Firefox OS smartphone at the MWC.
Now, joining the already impressive list of companies is Sony Mobile and its carrier partner Telefonica. Both companies have signed a multi-year partnership which includes support for Sony Xperia Android smartphones, but in addition to this Sony has announced that both companies will also explore options to bring out smartphones running on Mozilla’s Firefox OS. In fact, Sony says, a team of its engineers is already working towards developing a future product based on Firefox OS.
“At Sony Mobile we continue to evaluate innovative technologies that can help deliver the premium user experiences that Sony’s consumers expect,” said Bob Ishida, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Products Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications. “Our engineers are now working with Firefox OS Mobile and HTML5, evolving technologies which show great potential. In addition, we continue to work with our operator partners, including Telefónica, on a development project with an ambition to bring a product to market in 2014.”
Marieta del Rivero, Group Devices Director, Telefónica said, “As well as the great opportunity we have in 2013, our further collaboration around a possible device on the Firefox OS mobile platform will create the opportunity to reach new segments of the market, allowing us to provide an even wider choice of premium Sony device offerings for our customers.”
Incidentally, Sony’s announcement about its interest in Firefox OS comes just after a day Samsung Electronics made it clear it had no intention of supporting Mozilla in its quest. Samsung’s decision is totally understandable as the South Korean tech giant has plans of its own, regarding mobile OS. Tizen, a mobile OS is being developed by Samsung as an alternate OS to Android. We could most probably see the first Tizen operating Samsung devices to hit the market by mid year.