After Huawei, LG, ZTE and Alcatel, Sony is the latest company to announce its partnership with Mozilla Corp. to launch Firefox OS powered smartphones in coming days. Mozilla has earlier revealed that it has done a major partnership with several companies like América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom to release Firefox OS powered smartphones in their network.
Almost all global smartphone manufacturers including Sony, LG, HTC, Samsung and Huawei have been launching their entry level as well as high-end smartphones based on Google’s Android platform for last few years, but now looks likes, these big manufacturers are targeting at the open-source emerging operating system for upcoming devices which would impact on Android market share. Mozilla is also leaving no stone unturned and working hard to compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS which are dominant platform in present smartphones market.
According to Sony, the company’s first Firefox OS powered smartphones will be released in 2014 in association with telecom operator Telefonica, although ZTE and Alcatel didn’t take too much time to announce their first Firefox OS powered smartphones ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, both budget smartphones equipped with 1GHz processor and 256MB RAM, on the first day of MWC.