Sony to make smartphone based on Mozilla's Firefox OS

News Tony Crammond 09:30, 26 Feb 2013

Android won't be the only mobile platform to power Sony smartphones in 2014 with the company revealing its interest in Firefox OS

Sony will release a smartphone running on Mozilla’s Firefox OS in 2014, according to Deputy CEO Bob Ishida. 

The company, which primarily delivers Android based devices under its Xperia brand, is already working with the platform and HTML 5.

Sony revealed its plans to delivering at least one device by 2014 – adding another credible name to the list of OEM’s who have signed up to work with the Mozilla Foundation’s latest venture.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ishida confirmed Sony’s plans to partner with Mozilla, stating:

'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.'

Smartphone manufacturers LG, ZTE, Huawei and Alcatel are said to already be on-board with the project, and the addition of Sony’s signature adds much needed credence to the fledgling mobile platform.

As noted by Mr Ishida, Sony will work primarily with Spanish carrier Telefónica, parent company of O2 in the UK, to deliver the device. However, the company may explore deals with other carriers too, if its pilot venture produces the required level of interest.

The first devices to run Firefox OS, otherwise known as Boot to Gecko, are expected to launch in the summer after being successfully trialled on existing Android hardware.

But the operating system is going to have a hard slog ahead of it if it is to gain ground against Android and iOS. However, its reliance on open standards and existing web technologies may give it the shot in the arm in needs to take the fight to the giants.

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