Sony to launch Firefox OS device in 2014

After the news that both LG and Huawei are set to launch smartphones with Mozilla's Firefox OS along with ZTE and Alcatel, Japanese manufacturer Sony has announced that it will also be launching a Firefox OS device, committing to a launch in 2014. This makes Sony the fifth phone maker to commit to Mozilla's OS.

In a statement at Mobile World Congress, Bob Ishida--head of Sony Mobile Communications' Products Business Group--says that the company is working with Firefox OS and HTML5, as well as operator partners including Telefonica with an aim to release a device or devices sometime in 2014.

Mozilla's Firefox OS is an open platform built entirely using HTML and other open Web standards. Mozilla says Firefox OS is free from the rules and restrictions of existing proprietary platforms, offers a level playing field against other operating systems and marketplace providers and has a greater participation in the value chain.

Source: TelefonicaTheNextWeb

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Didn't expect this from Sony tbh...
Firefox is targeted for low-end devices for the developing markets. On the other hand, Sony spells premium products across the board... Doesn't make to much sense to me.

I guess Firefox will be new territory for them, in more ways than just the OS.

Lol.... Again, people are fighting over stuff on here... I hope Mozilla will do well. We need variety in mobile ecosystem...

They're going to use this for low-end phones (like really low-end) because neither Android nor Windows Phone nor any other OS is suitable for those devices right now. Firefox OS has some heavy carriers backing it and will probably surpass Windows Phone pretty easily when it comes to market share.

There isn't a single phone out right now with Firefox OS. Nobody knows how good or bad it will be. Yet you seem to think it will beat WP in market share? LOL

arvindm said,
There isn't a single phone out right now with Firefox OS. Nobody knows how good or bad it will be. Yet you seem to think it will beat WP in market share? LOL

You say this like it would be some incredibly unattainable goal. It's not like one would have to work very hard to "beat WP". Note: I don't believe this Firefox OS will take off nearly as well in North America. iOS/Android are what the NA's want, sprinkled with a few WP/BB users Mozilla is planning to ride on the coat tails of the "Firefox" name. It's sad because I don't think Mozilla really needs a possible failure like this under their belt.

Ambroos said,
They're going to use this for low-end phones (like really low-end) because neither Android nor Windows Phone nor any other OS is suitable for those devices right now. Firefox OS has some heavy carriers backing it and will probably surpass Windows Phone pretty easily when it comes to market share.

Perhaps you haven't heard from Nokia, that they are planning to release Windows Phone Lumias for really low-end price points. Lower than what the Lumia 520 will sell for.

Really all these guys couldn't just pick up WebOS and use that instead of this? Doesn't make sense.

Edited by matt4pack, Feb 26 2013, 4:08pm :

matt4pack said,
Really all these guys couldn't just pick up WebOS and use that instead of this? Doesn't make sense.

Here is another baffling thing - LG bought the rights of WebOS from HP - FOR TVs. And then decided to use Firefox OS for mobiles. Why not simply use WebOS for mobiles?

Sony is like that jilted ex lover that was hot once but is not anymore. In the Adroid space Google/Samsung are the leaders. They won't go MSFT due to past bad blood and also the PS vs XBOX. So now they will try Firefox OS.... how the might has fallen.


red hook said,
Sony is like that jilted ex lover that was hot once but is not anymore. In the Adroid space Google/Samsung are the leaders. They won't go MSFT due to past bad blood and also the PS vs XBOX. So now they will try Firefox OS.... how the might has fallen.



Sony's PS vs Xbox is a whole separate division, same on MS side.
Sony has no issues using Windows on their devices, why would they care for using Windows Phone on their devices if it would fall within their vision.

red hook said,
Sony is like that jilted ex lover that was hot once but is not anymore. In the Adroid space Google/Samsung are the leaders. They won't go MSFT due to past bad blood and also the PS vs XBOX. So now they will try Firefox OS.... how the might has fallen.
First you talked about Sony, then you talked about Samsung and Google. Now you are saying Samsung and Google both can't do MSFT because of PS vs Xbox? That doesn't make any sense.

Sony won't release a Windows phone because they don't believe there is a market for one, yet they'll release this?

I was going to say the same thing. Who the hell is going to bother with Firefox OS anyway, After watching videos of it it looks like something from 2009 at best.

McKay said,
Sony won't release a Windows phone because they don't believe there is a market for one, yet they'll release this?

LG said the same thing. They said we're not releasing a windows phone until there is demand for it. Then they are announced as an OEM for firefox OS. LOL what a bunch of clowns.

derekaw said,
People know and trust the firefox brand. I think it makes sense. I think a Firefox phone will do well.

Nobody I know has used Firefox since Chrome, they all say Firefox has become slow. So I can't see a Firefox phone being tempting, even if doesn't have any problems.

McKay said,
Sony won't release a Windows phone because they don't believe there is a market for one, yet they'll release this?

Same goes for LG as well. I don't get it how these business decisions are made. They are completely devoid of logic.