Mozilla and its hardware partners have already showcased two smartphones based on the new Firefox OS platform: ZTE Open and Alcatel OneTouch Fire – both being entry-level devices aimed at budget conscious users. LG and Huawei have announced their support for Firefox OS, too, and now it looks like Sony is also joining the party.
In a press release announcing the launch of Sony’s Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, Telefonica – one of the world’s largest mobile operators – unveiled that it’s collaborating with Sony for a possible Firefox phone.
“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”, declared Bob Ishida, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Products Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications.
(this is a Firefox OS reference design, not a real device)
If things go as Sony and Telefonica want them to, we will see a Sony Firefox smartphone next year. Although this hasn’t been confirmed, the Firefox OS handset from Sony will most likely be included in the Xperia family (which isn’t an Android-exclusive brand – the very first Xperia, released in 2008, was a Windows Mobile device).
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