Sony declares interest in Firefox OS, while Samsung says “pass”

February 26, 2013
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With Android and iOS unlikely to surrender their dominant grasp over the mobile world anytime soon, the only thing the “competition” has to battle for is bronze. There is quite a brawl currently going on for that last spot on the podium between Windows Phone and BlackBerry, with a couple of extra players set to get in the game very soon.

We have on one hand Samsung’s Tizen OS and on the other Mozilla’s Firefox. MWC has seen a lot of movement in that latter camp, with several phones built on the new open-source platform unveiled and ready to roll out in emerging markets by the end of 2013.

Alcatel, ZTE, Huawei and LG have been announced as the first Mozilla partners, with a fifth name confirmed earlier today – Sony. However, the Xperia makers are not that keen on being included in the first wave of launches and will most likely wait until 2014 to bring a product to market.

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There’s a number of ways we can interpret Sony’s “wait and see” strategy, but it’s unlikely for the company to back out before trying its hand with Firefox phones. After all, US is not included in the first phase of the rollout, so there will only be a handful of users by 2014.

Meanwhile, one name that’s certainly not to get involved in the project is Samsung. The Koreans have no interest in the mobile OS, according to official claims, and will continue to focus primarily on Android. The company’s Tizen plans are still going forward, but the first phone or phones powered by it are not coming as soon as suspected. Instead, the new ETAs are July – August at the earliest.

It’s also pretty much set in stone that Sammy will use Tizen only for low-end devices for starters (just like Mozilla will do with Firefox OS), so hardcore Android fans needn’t worry they’ll lose their king. What’s unclear is where Windows Phone will fit in these future plans, as it’s probably going to become pretty difficult to juggle with three platforms at the same time.

Anyone scared of Tizen or Firefox? Excited about the increased competition? Or just bored by how the two OSs look?

Comments

  • Roberto Tomás

    You guys always make a point of linking Tizen with Samsung. As far as I know, Tizen is as open source as the Linux kernel. If I’m wrong, I’d like to read an article about it!

    Samsung might be positioning itself to be in the same position with Tizen or a Tizen variant that Google is with Android, but to my knowledge there are no equivalents at tizen.org to the front page links to google on the android.com web page, and Samsung doesn’t set the release pace.

    • Ivan Budiutama

      From wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tizen

      “Tizen is an operating system for devices including smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, and smart TVs. It’s an open sourcesystem that aims to offer a consistent user experience across devices. Its main components are the Linux kernel and the WebKit runtime. The Tizen project resides within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group (TSG) composed of Intel and Samsung.”

      • RarestName

        Wikipedia is so reliable.

      • Roberto Tomás

        exactly. thank you

  • CyBrix_21

    Next: IE OS

    Safari OS
    Opera OS

    • MasterMuffin

      IE Os ad: “IE Os sucks… less!” :D

    • RarestName

      Chrome OS. Oh wait…

      • CyBrix_21

        There is Chrome OS already… Although it is not for mobile…

        • RarestName

          I know that. I was joking, hence the “Oh, wait…” :)

          • CyBrix_21

            Yes.. Hahaha…

  • Ankit

    Samsung’s decision was obvious, having thrown their weight behind tizen.

  • l3elivE

    FireFox os looks just plain stupid…
    Ubuntu is the way to go!