Sony joins the Firefox OS group
Yesterday we saw Firefox OS being announced on the Mobile World Congress and a few devices working under the system by ZTE, Alcatel and Geeksphone. All of the Firefox OS devices so far are sporting a Snapdragon process. Today, on the second day of the congress, Sony announced that it is working on a device that will use the system and the extended partnership with Telefonica includes the availability of the above mentioned device in the Spanish carrier’s net.
Gary Kovacs, the CEO of Mozilla, said today that the first Firefox OS devices will hit the European market. The OS will be released in America later – in 2014, and its carrier will be Sprint. Firefox has contracts with 18 carriers worldwide and they are the following: VimpelCom, TMN, Telenor, Telefonica, Telecom Italia Group, Sprint, Smart, SingTel, Qtel, MegaFon, KT, KDDI, Hutchison Three group, Etisalat, Deutsche telecom, China Unicom and America Movil.
As for the devices that use the system, they are low and mid-end smartphones, designed for the developing markets and for those people, who have never had smartphones before – as entry items. Firefox OS helps these phone remain at affordable prices, so don’t expect the new Sony product to be from the class of Xperia Z. However, Sony announced that its engineers and developers are already working on it and the company sees the OS showing ‘great potential’.
Source: Xperia Blog