Samsung Rolls-Out Possibility to Release a Smartphone Featuring Firefox OS

Samsung to Stick to Android, Tizen and Windows Phone Platforms

by Anton Shilov
02/27/2013 | 11:45 PM



Being the world’s largest supplier of mobile phones and smartphones, Samsung may release almost any product and that will likely turn out to be pretty successful. However, in order not to make a mess out of its product line, the company rolls out possibility to utilize Facebook operating system developed by Mozilla.

A high-level Samsung executive said at the Mobile World Congress that the company is not interested in Mozilla's browser-based Firefox operating system, reports Cnet web-site. Even though the executive decided to remain anonymous, it is completely logical for the company not to use yet another operating system as it has many other goals to accomplish. Samsung has three operating systems to address different tasks.

For entry-level feature phones and smartphones, Samsung intends to utilize Linux-based Tizen operating system. The latter promises to be supported by different classes of hardware and provide enough freedom for app developers.

For mainstream and high-end smartphones Samsung has been using Google Android operating system for years now and is unlikely to switch to anything. In fact, Samsung makes 40% of all Android-based devices on the planet these days and it is clearly interested in the long-term success of the platform.

As a long-time partner of Microsoft, the world’s No. 1 maker of cellphones also utilizes Windows Phone operating system, but unfortunately for Microsoft in a limited amount of Ativ-series handsets. A number of business users need Windows Phone platform for security reasons, therefore, Samsung will continue to make them.

Samsung has clearly made itself a name on the market of consumer gadgets and it is clearly time for the company to start addressing business clients. At present, the company keeps all of the details of its B2B push under wraps, but it is logical to expect the company to use both Ativ and select Galaxy models to address enterprise markets.

Given that Mozilla Firefox operating system is barely an interesting technology for consumers and is hardly a viable solution for business users, it is logical for Samsung to skip the OS for now.