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Sony builds widget-type functionality in Firefox OS

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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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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 21:31 6

1. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 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!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 21:47 4

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 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.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 07:54

6. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 00:01 1

4. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 06:21

5. faizan-sharif (Posts: 98; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 23:28

3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

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

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