Sony has announced several new Android smartphones for the year 2013 but the manufacturer is now taking a step ahead in the world of emerging mobile operating systems and apparently partnering Mozilla for their upcoming smartphones based on Firefox OS. Though the official announcement is yet to be out on the part of Firefox OS based smartphones but at the time of announcing the partnership with a Spanish carrier, Telefonica, Sony Mobile Communications’ Deputy Chief Executive Officer clearly stated that the company’s engineers are working on Firefox OS to develop a new device for the year 2014.
On announcing the partnership, Bob Ishida, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Products Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications said;
“At Sony Mobile we continue to evaluate innovative technologies that can help deliver the premium user experiences that Sony’s consumers expect. 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.”
However, at the time of launching Firefox OS, Mozilla named four major OEMs including ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei but surprisingly Sony Mobile also silently taken a step ahead to join the new market of Firefox OS based devices. Mozilla is working hard to compete Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS which are dominant platforms in the present smartphones market. Sony’s recent step of adopting Firefox OS will delighted Mozilla and other global manufacturers are also likely to work on the new operating system.
Recently we have also reported that Samsung is working on Tizen operating system for the upcoming range of smartphones and now Sony is adopting Firefox OS. It seems like these big manufacturers are now aiming at the emerging operating systems for their upcoming devices which would impact on Android market shares as well. But on the other side, as these manufacturers are working on new open source operating systems, the coming future will definitely increases the choice of operating system for the end-user.