Sony To Make High-End Firefox OS Smartphone


Sony to jump into Firefox OS party is no more a secret. The Japanese giant along with other manufactures are more willing to support Mozilla foundation in building third most popular OS after Android and iOS.


Earlier this year, Sony made it clear that the company will announce its first Firefox OS powered handset on the lines of Xperia E. The device will be sold in partnership with network operator Telephonica.

Until now, it was known that Sony's venture into Firefox OS part won't include a high-end device. It will be repackaged Sony Xperia E with a new name, as the company uses Xperia for Android powered devices. Now a senior executive from Mozilla is speculating that Sony could end up making a high -end Firefox handset. (Via ComputerWorld)

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"Sony is known for quality and user experience. So they are targeting for very very high (end). We are in joint discussions on the kind of device and what's the product," said Li Gong, Mozilla's senior vice president for mobile devices.


No one from Sony directly spoke on their high-end venture. The success of Xperia Z, and the Xperia SP, in the market could be the reason why Sony wants to make a handset based on Firefox OS. Sony stands for premium level devices, and its coming to Firefox OS group was seen as a strange approach. Samsung, its arch rival is not at all interested in making low quality Firefox OS devices, instead the company is willing to support Tizen OS by making a high-end handset.

"When we started doing this project, people thought we were crazy. 'Who needs a third OS?'" he said. "But for businesses there is a strong desire for a third one. This is why the moment we stood up and said we are going to do it (make a mobile OS), so many operators came.

They may like it or not like it. But they have to take it," he said. "People like to see us because we are totally transparent. All the products, all the roadmaps, the delivery, feature sets, bugs, fixes, everything is open. Anybody can come in and see where it's headed." Gong said

Mozilla is quite optimistic about its Firefox OS. Being an open mobile OS, it has a fair chance to make an impact in emerging nations. India is still not on the list of Mozilla foundation. Stay tuned to GizBot.

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