Sony Could Launch the First Firefox OS Phone In India: Report

MWC-firefoxElectronics major Sony which has not seen much success with its Android phones in India could be looking to sell a Firefox OS powered phone in the country where the market is dominated by players Samsung and Micromax.

A Sony insider, has told The Mobile Indian that the handset maker is “already in the process of working on a handset with the Firefox operating system for the Indian market. It will have applications and tweaks to suit the market here.”

This information is unconfirmed but matches up the latest experimental release of the Firefox OS build for Sony Xperia E that was announced last month. The ROM can be installed by developers and enthusiasts.

We expect the Firefox OS phone to be a variant of the Sony Xperia E, which presently runs Android and features a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with support for 320 x 480 pixels resolution, as well as scratch-resistant glass coating. The Xperia E is powered by a 1GHz single-core processor, 4GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The memory can be expanded with a microSD card up to 32 GB. The phone has a 3-megapixel rear camera along with GPS and WiFi support.

From the specifications of the Xperia E, which the Firefox phone will be based, we can predict that the price of the Sony Firefox phone will be around Rs 10,000.

Mozilla had announced its Firefox operating system for mobile phones during the Mobile World Congress event in late February. Mozilla said it would launch launch handsets based on the OS in around 18 countries of Latin America, China and Europe by the month of June this year. India was not included in this list, so we wonder when the phones will hit India.

The Mobile Indian source further said, “Firefox has followed a very operator driven distribution strategy in European countries (where operators also sell handsets, and since India does not have such an arrangement, Mozilla did not announce any Firefox handsets for India.”

“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,” the source added.

At the Mobile World Congress, companies like Sony, LG, ZTE, Alcatel, and Huawei committed to develop phones on the new operating system. The Firefox operating system uses HTML5-based apps and is targeting entry-level devices.

Sony is likely to include its recently announced services like Sony Music and Sony Live (TV application) on the Firefox-powered Xperia E.

Most of the apps of the Firefox OS will be powered by cloud services to enable easy transition across devices and platforms. Web developers can also turn a website into an HTML5 app through Mozilla’s development kit. The Firefox OS will also support video calling over WebRTC, a browser-based technology.

Mozilla had launched a stable version of the Firefox OS Simulator earlier this year which can be used by test their apps on Mozilla’s new mobile operating system. You can download the simulator here.

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