(Page 2 of 2)
Another potential advantage: the Firefox OS platform is designed specifically for Web apps written in HTML5, which is already widely used on the Web. The idea is that developers can adapt existing Web HTML5 apps largely by adding a particular kind of file about the app, in addition of course to interface modifications if needed. Unlike other Web apps for mobile devices, HTML5 apps for Firefox OS devices will have access to core device functions, such as camera.
Avi Greengart, an analyst with industry research firm Current Analysis, said that while Firefox OS could "find a niche," it's unlikely to reach the third mobile OS position based on its current trajectory.
At the higher end where Sony's model might reside, Greengart pointed out, there are already many smartphone alternatives that use Android and iOS. At the lower end, he noted that Nokia announced Thursday a $99 Asha 501 smartphone with an updated version of its Asha OS for emerging markets, and there are various Android forked versions on low-end devices in China, India and other markets that are essentially "Android without the Google services."