Sony has announced that it will be launching its own Firefox OS mobile device in 2014. It’s joining the ranks of LG, Huawei, Alcatel, and ZTE in launching devices on the HTML5 platform. Bob Ishida, Deputy CEO at Sony, stated that Sony’s engineers are working alongside Mozilla’s in order to bring a Sony-branded Firefox device or devices to the world next year. The openness of the Firefox OS is attractive to Sony, who wants to create devices on a platform with little to no restrictions on usage.
Sony’s Xperia Z and Tablet Z are getting a lot of buzz among consumers. Both offer beautiful form-factors alongside great specs, making them very appealing to any type of consumer. Both devices are water-resistant, being able to be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without any detrimental effects. Sony believes that the Xperia Z and Tablet Z will help make it a major competitor in the Android space.
With the Xperia Z and Tablet Z fighting its Android wars for it, Sony hopes that it can also create devices that will make it the top manufacturer of mobile devices for the Firefox OS. Samsung will not be throwing its hat in the Firefox OS ring because it wants to focus all of its efforts on the Tizen OS. With Samsung out of the way, Sony has a really good chance of dominating the Firefox OS space, with its only real competitor being LG.
Firefox OS looks like it will have a very promising future, especially with all of these great backers. Mozilla says that the Firefox OS will have a great app base, with many popular apps like Facebook and Twitter already available for the platform. Because of the HTML5 platform, it will also be easier for web developers to create apps for the OS. Mozilla promises that the Firefox OS devices will have affordable price tags, making them even more appealing in the eyes of the consumers.