Sony continues with the Firefox OS love, creates widget framework

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Firefox OS didn’t really make any big waves when it arrived last year, but despite an underwhelming start, the platform has some nice momentum to it, and with some crazy low-cost handsets on the way in 2014, its chances are looking up. Quite a few OEMs have shown interest in Firefox OS to one extent or the other, a list that includes Sony. While Sony hasn’t released any stand-alone Firefox OS device, last winter we saw the company release an experimental ROM for its Xperia E – and that alone is a heck of a lot more than many manufacturers have done. This year it continues showing interest in the OS, and it shares news today of a new widget framework it’s introduced for possible integration with the platform.

There’s a discussion going on in one of the Firefox OS mailing lists about how best to implement a widget system, so Sony cooked-up something it calls “gadgets” and submitted it for consideration. It remains to be seen if Mozilla will actually implement gadgets and make them a part of the core Firefox OS experience, but we just think it’s cool to see a manufacturer reaching out like this and helping with a new platform even when it doesn’t yet appear to have any direct financial interest in its success.

You can check out a very simple demo below – don’t expect to see anything spectacularly advanced, as this is more of a proof-of-concept, but from what we can see these gadgets sure seem to behave just as we’d expect widgets to.

Sony clarifies that even with this new contribution to the Firefox OS community, the company is still in the process of a technical assessment of the platform, and hasn’t yet committed to any future involvement.

Source: Sony
Via: Xperia Blog

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