Sony Mobile releases Firefox OS ROM for Xperia E

by XB on 27th February 2013

in Xperia E

That was quick, after recently confirming it was considering a Firefox OS device in 2014, Sony Mobile has now released an “experimental” Firefox OS ROM for the Xperia E. The news highlights just how serious the company is with its Firefox OS ambitions.

The Firefox OS ROM has been put together so that Sony Mobile can gather feedback from users as well as reaching out to developers who plan to test apps for the new mobile operating system.

The ROM can be installed on an Xperia E by using Sony Mobile’s Flash Tool software. You will need to make sure your bootloader is unlocked before using the software. Obviously the ROM is not intended for daily use, but may appeal to those who want to test this emergent OS. There is no radio connectivity in this ROM which means you won’t be able to make calls, or use Wi-FI and Bluetooth. Also, Sony says that the touch sensitivity is not fully calibrated.

Firefox OS is a new mobile operating system looking to challenge the Apple-Google duopoly. It is based on open web standards and is being considered by some key industry players for entry level smartphones targeting emerging markets (at least initially).

Sony Deputy Chief Executive Officer Bob Ishida recently commented: “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.”

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  • Jiakushi

    Wow Sony, that’s quick :D

  • ubuntu is much better than firefox please sony take ubuntu

  • wow…… indeed it was quick… but. Y U NO XPERIA U!!???

    at least give us Firefox OS to play with while waiting for CM10 on xperia-no-JB-update-novathor-chipset-phone

  • oh thats why my xperia s havent got any jelly bean update yet. sony is playing

  • R J

    Yea, meanwhile we wait for Android updates on time, Sony and their priorities messed up, current customer doesn’t care, only the new ones on the markets where Firefox OS will go out first

  • Alex

    I don’t see what this is going to offer over Android personally, and therefore struggle to see how it is going to find a piece of the market

  • Lythanhlong

    Wow, Sony actually released an experimental version RIGHT AFTER confirmination. Starting out to be a good year so far. :P

    Even though I’d rather Ubuntu over Firefox OS, this is a good start and testing something different.

  • see,,that girl checked camera 1st :D washroom pic taking mentality…anyways Ubuntu touch preview coming to Sammy,HTC,LG and huawei. Sony isn’t included. maybe they showed interest in Firefox OS? i thought i can see a Firefox running Sony device end of this year. that was quick Sony :D keep it up.

  • lag..

  • Xperia E will get its sweet and smooth Jellybean update soon. Why would anyone move to this laggy OS? Even its current ICS is much better than this.

  • nidou bossy

    Well buddy, i have an xperia S too, so i’m impatiently awaiting for JB update like u, but it’s gonna be either in march or april! :/

  • Norio24

    lol +1 you’re right man !

  • Lucian
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  • habla

    God dammit Sony, start working on stuff that people actually are waiting for and will use xD

  • Julius Buma-at

    In order to boost Sony’s sales in the smartphone arena they should inject their products even if it in the low-end segments with certified PLAYSTATION. IMHO it’s their killer feature even if it is powered by Mozilla Firefox OS or even an Ubuntu OS.

  • There is a leak in xda though… Only the network doesn’t work there though! :(

  • I tested the Ubuntu touch by raymanfx… It’s kinda no use OS as of now but looks very promising…. Nothing works in the preview release of ubuntu touch… No notifications no apps no camera… well we can expect that being a release preview… Once the official is out it would be rocking… So chillout and watch the XS dev team in xda…. They are amazing! :D

  • seb

    that’s what iPhone users thought when the first android versions emerged.

  • FlowXT

    Have JBh

  • well Ubuntu are mostly for high – mid ends while firefox OS are for low ends so i don’t see any problem with this and as far for Ubuntu they are the one who make the support for the devices and at the moment there is sort of working Ubuntu OS for Xperia S and T and maybe soon we will see Ubuntu on Xperia Z and Tablet Z :)

  • uidesigner_sony

    Disgusting UI, animations, icons…. I hope I will never see it together with Sony Xperia …

  • FlowXT

    The point here isn’t Firefox OS but the free publicity Sony gets from being involved in the project, with minimum effort on Sony’s behalf. Now Sony and the Xperia E can grab some extra headlines they otherwise wouldn’t. People are curious about things they haven’t tried, even if they won’t necessarily want them after they try them out.

  • Steven Pilipow

    someone needs to port this ASAP! lol

  • osin17

    Xperia E is not a low end device?

  • Any thing new than Android? Both are same for me :P

  • nidou bossy

    do u have a JB custom ROMS?

  • Samuel Serafim

    it is LAGGY. Why i will choose Firefox instead of Android? NO SENSE.

  • Samuel Serafim

    Great reminder

  • sony will rollout JB update from march so why are you just trolling even S2 doesn’t get proper JB update

  • not a low end device ?? display = 320 x 480 pixels multi touch up to 2 fingers 3 MP with video recording FWVGA …isn’t this for a low end ??

  • Felipe

    That is pretty cool. Any chances on getting on of these om my Xperia Mini Pro (SK17a)?

  • osin17

    Haha, so it’s very low end…Anyways, Xperia E is cheap, dual sim and a few well design :-)

  • yah well i think Sony want to differentiate between low end and high-mid range .. cause android is heavy so they are going for much simpler OS for low end but still treat it as a smartphone

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  • amix

    no, firefox OS is for low end devices, as compare to the ubuntu touch which has high end hardware requirement.

    So, it will help sony to compete with Nokia’s ASHA series( s40), samsung’s badatizen & other low end phones.

    on other hand they have Android for high end smartphones.

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  • u want Justine Bieber ? o_0)a

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  • Angry Xperia User

    “At Sony Mobile, we continue to evaluate innovative technologies that
    can help deliver the premium user experiences that Sony’s consumers
    expect.” Ok, and what about Xperia 2011 models? Where is 4.1.B.1.13?????

  • Josh

    “At Sony Mobile, we continue to evaluate innovative technologies that
    can help deliver the premium user experiences that Sony’s consumers
    expect. Ok, but where is 4.1.B.1.13???????

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  • Tathagata Sur

    plz relies ubuntu touch…….

  • Ray

    Hurry up and release a lot of amazing Firefox OS phones! I would love to see a Sony hardware phones with the amazing and only true open source mobile OS, Firefox OS.

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