Samsung, a major driving force behind the Google Android movement, won’t support Mozilla in their Firefox OS effort for the time being, according words that trickled down from top level execs.
While some other major brands like Sony and LG have signaled their intent to produce hardware to run Firefox OS, it seems like Samsung will remain content with producing just Android-based handsets. Other than diversification, Samsung’s decision to steer clear of Firefox OS is probably a clear sign that the South Korean tech-giant just don’t see any benefits (yet) in producing hardware to run a newly launched, and unproven mobile OS.
Sony and LG, however, do have strong incentives to R&D hardware to run Mozilla’s mobile OS as they are way behind Samsung in the Android scene. ZTE and Sony, just to name a couple, are slated to have Firefox OS smartphones on the market by July, with premium markets to get their taste of the web-based mobile OS in 2014.
Android is, without a doubt, the most popular open source mobile OS, with Apple’s proprietary iOS coming in second. Firefox OS will have a tough hill to climb, so it will be interesting to see what type of strategies Mozilla and company will deploy to ensure their product won’t go down as a short term stint.