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Firefox OS smartphone from Sony coming to India
Firefox OS was last viewed at the recently concluded MWC 2013 event and we also know that Sony has keen interest in the emerging platform. According to trusted sources of The Mobile Indian, Sony will soon launch new handsets in India with Mozilla’s Firefox OS operating system.
The Sony insider who doesn’t want to be named said to The Mobile Indian, “We are already in the process of working on a handset with Firefox operating system for the Indian market. It will have applications and tweaks to suit the market here.”
“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 OS,” our source in Sony said. He also added an announcement in this regard is expected within few months.
He also shared that the handset will be based on Xperia E which has a 3.5 inch touch screen, 3.2 megapixel autofocus rear camera, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, 32 GB of expandable storage slot, DLNA etc. The Firefox OS based Xperia E is expected to have all the features of the Android Xperia E, except the OS.
Sony has already released experimental ROM of Firefox OS for Xperia E. The ROM can be installed by developers and enthusiasts, and Sony wants to gauge the progress made by the Firefox OS, get feedback from developers, and reach out to them so that they can start developing applications for the OS.
Mozilla has recently announced its Firefox OS for mobile phones during Mobile World Congress event last month. However, Mozilla did not include India in its launch plans and said it will launch the handsets based on the OS in around 18 countries of Latin America, China and Europe by the month of June this year.
Some of the first smartphones to run on the Firefox OS were the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire. We even showed you the hands-on video of both the Firefox OS smartphone in action.
Coming back to our original story and if these news are believed to be true then there are great chances that we will be able to see a Firefox OS smartphone in India earlier then expected. Anyways we will keep our eyes and ears open and let all our readers know of the events as they turn up.