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.
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?