Sony builds widget-type functionality in Firefox OS

Today, Sony submitted widget-like functionality for Firefox OS to be reviewed by the developer community that is Bugzilla. From there, it will be examined how to integrate the feature into the operating system.

Called “Gadgets,” they will make it possible view app data just like widgets in Android devices. Interaction and adjusting the gadget is handled the same way too.

Does this mean that Sony will be coming forth with a Firefox OS device of its own? Probably not in the near term, as Sony is “only doing a technical assessment of Firefox OS.” That technical evaluation is part of Sony’s game plan though. The company participates with the developer community to improve things even on platforms the company does not build anything for.

The flip side of that of course is that the company can bow out of its evaluation at any time as well. As to the hardware Sony is testing Gadgets on, you cannot really tell, but it is pretty clear it is not a mainstream budget friendly Firefox OS device.

For now, this is still being evaluated by the community.  Making Gadgets a reality in Firefox OS will still take a bit of work, but it would lend a handy feature set to the platform, user experience and developer community.



sources: Sony Developer World via Xperia Blog

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6 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

This is why Sony deserves more than what they are currently getting! Anyway it looks like a Xperia Z2 in which they are testing it on!

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Firefox for lowest budget phones it's really great see price point. Who can't afford smartphone. It's great guys, all credit goes to Firefox team. And of course Sony doing good work there.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its not just for the lowest budget phones. It has a number of great features in the OS. In fact even on that $25 Firefox phone that is coming out, you will still be able to install and run html5 web apps. Like YouTube, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, games, and many more. Its like html5 and JavaScript is the third platform out their.

4. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The low end Xperia E can run Firefox OS using an official rom developed by Sony.

5. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

is their any way to try firefox on xperia e dual?

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Makes me wish Sony makes another version of Firefox OS for their phones

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