Sony releases experimental Firefox OS to advanced developers

Feb 28, 2013
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Sony has announced the availability of an experimental version of Firefox OS for the Xperia E. Aimed at providing advanced developers with the operating system so that they can get a feel for it and offer feedback, the release is accompanied by a lengthy starter guide on installing to an Xperia E, as well as a quick history on the OS. You can check out a video of it in action after the jump.

Sony's biggest focus is the app community, which it wants to help faciliate in creating apps for Firefox OS, something that will have a large impact on how the platform is received by consumers when launched. Users interested in flashing their Xperia with Firefox OS should head over to the announcement and check out the full guide to get started.

Said Sony Mobile Communication's Deputy CEO and Head of Products Business Group Bob Ishida: "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."

The experimental Firefox OS was assembled by Sony's Per Astrand and Andreas Sandblad. Says the announcement, this version of the operating system is not intended to be used as an everyday platform, and has several limitations in place that would impede on its function in daily life. There's no radio connectivity, meaning calls can't be made. The SD card is unstable, and the touch sensitivity is not calibrated completely.

[via Sony Mobile]


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