Sony to launch Firefox OS device in 2014

Relight my Fire(fox)

Sony has given Mozilla's Firefox OS a very public backing, by confirming it will bring a Firefox OS handset to market in 2014

The Japanese company announced its support of the OS at MWC in partnership with the Telefonica network - saying that a device (or devices) running the HTML5 OS will be coming next year.

Telefonica owns the O2 network in the UK and was on hand at MWC to help present the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z - two excellent new devices from Sony both running Google's Android.

Despite speculation that Sony may be preparing a Windows Phone device, it appears the open source nature of Mozilla's Firefox OS has won out. The Japanese company is the fifth, behind ZTE, LG, Huawei and Alcatel to commit a device to Mozilla's OS.

"At Sony Mobile we continue to evaluate innovative technologies that can help deliver the premium user experiences that Sony's consumers expect," said Bob Ishida, deputy CEO and head of products business group at Sony Mobile Communications.

"Our engineers are now working with Firefox OS Mobile and HTML5, evolving technologies which show great potential. In addition, we continue to work with our operator partners, including Telefónica, on a development project with an ambition to bring a product to market in 2014."

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Via: The Next Web