Last month Sony had suggested working with the Mozilla Firefox mobile operating system on an Xperia E built device. The company had also admitted to plans for bringing a Firefox OS based Xperia E to the markets, but sometime next year. The Firefox OS is meant for low end smartphones.
Latest news suggests that Sony is developing applications and adjusting the operating system for the Indian markets. Rumor mongers are suggesting that a Firefox device from Sony might hit the markets within this year.
The Mozilla Firefox OS for mobiles was launched at the Mobile World Congress, 2013 last month. Mozilla did not talk of launch plans in India for the Firefox OS based devices. The company said that they would be releasing the first Firefox OS based devices by the June this year in 18 countries including Latin America, China and Europe.
The Xperia E is not available in the Indian markets just now. The device has a 3.5-inch TFT touchscreen display with a 320×480 pixels resolution. It is available in single and dual SIM versions. The device is powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM.It comes with 4GB internal memory and has all the standard connectivity options. These features are present on the Android OS based device as well.
An experimental ROM of Firefox OS for Xperia E has been released and is available for installation by developers. Sony hopes to get feedback from developers to start developing applications.
A Sony spokesperson said that,”India is a very important market to avoid and it will be one of the first markets where Sony will launch products based on Firefox.”
Firefox OS for mobiles uses HTML5 based apps and companies such as LG, ZTE, Alcatel and Huawei will also be developing devices based on this OS.