With several major manufacturers such as LG and Huawei already committed in releasing Firefox OS devices Sony is also jumping into the bandwagon. The company announced today that they too will be releasing devices running on this HTML5 based OS as early as 2014.
Sony and Telefonica (which owns O2 in the UK) have partnered together in what they call “to explore the development of a handset” running Firefox OS. Sony has said that their engineers are already working on the hardware that will make use of this new mobile operating system.
According to Bob Ishida, deputy CEO and head of products business group at 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.”
With Sony making this announcement the list of device manufacturers supporting this new mobile OS is growing. Previously, announcements were made by LG, Alcatel, Huawei and ZTE that they will be making devices running on Firefox OS.
The plan of Sony is to release high end devices running on the Android platform while also targeting the budget conscious market with low end devices running on Firefox. The company has a history of delving in various mobile systems initially using their proprietary system then using Symbian before jumping to Android.
Firefox OS looks pretty impressive so far as it already has the backing of several major hardware manufacturers. It also has an impressive app base with Facebook and Twitter already available. Since it is based on HTML5 creating apps for it will be very easy.
Mozilla says that the first batch of devices running on their OS will arrive next year in the US market. The devices will be priced competitively and will be feature packed.