Sony Mobile has already outlined its intentions to launch entry-level handsets running Mozilla’s Firefox OS. To show its commitment, Sony has already released a beta Firefox OS ROM for the Xperia E. We expect dedicated low-end handsets to launch in 2014, however it appears that Sony may also be planning premium Firefox OS handsets too.
Computer World is reporting that a Mozilla executive has confirmed Sony’s plans for high-end Firefox OS models. Li Gong, Mozilla’s senior vice president for mobile devices said “Sony is known for quality and user experience. So they are targeting for very, very high (end). We are in joint discussions on the kind of device and what’s the product.”
Whilst some may question why Sony would want to commit resources away from Android, Gong believes that Firefox OS can become the third major OS. “I can tell you there will be a third one (mobile OS) and it’s going to be us. Why it’s going to be us? It’s because we are the only company that takes a pure approach. We are entirely open. Not only open source, but open process. No price, no nothing,” Gong said.
How do you feel about this news – are you excited for a high-end Firefox OS smartphone? Or do you think efforts should be focused on Android software support? We’d love to hear your comments below.
Via Computer World.