Firefox lovers everywhere rejoice! Mozilla has just revealed that they have finally developed a Firefox OS that will challenge the likes of Apple and Android in the U.S. in 2014. In a partnership with Telefonica, Sony plans to launch a phone that operates on the new Firefox OS next year.
Revealed at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this is especially exciting news for those who already swear by Mozilla’s Firefox for their PC. It is obvious that a good hardware agreement will be crucial to the long-term success of the Firefox OS and Sony may be just the company to take on that role. While Sony tested the Android waters in the past, it was no competition for South Korean tech giant, Samsung. Firefox might be exactly what Sony needs to get in on the exploding smartphone market. Oddly enough, it appears that both Firefox and Sony need each other to make this endeavor work.
The mobile network operator, Telefonica, hopes to utilize this unlikely partnership to grow their business as well. As a carrier whose customers reside mostly in Latin America, Telefonica hopes to bring low-cost smartphones into this developing and unsaturated market.
While we all know that Firefox will have a difficult time competing with the likes of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the U.S., it is clear that Firefox has an outstanding fan-base already in existence, and this may give them an advantage over other start-up OS options.