The Sony source said that the company was working on adapting the Xperia-E to run Firefox OS.

According to The Mobile Indian, Sony has already released a ROM of Firefox OS for the Xperia aimed at developers and enthusiasts. The Sony executive further revealed that Sony was treating India as an important market for Firefox OS phones and would in fact be one of the first markets where the phone running the new Firefox OS would be launched.

Mozilla unveiled the Firefox OS for mobiles at the Mobile World Congress recently held in Barcelona. At the event, Mozilla revealed that phones running its OS would be launched in Europe, Latin America and Asia soon and also showed off two handsets manufactured by ZTE and Alcatel that would be one of the first Firefox OS handsets to be launched. While Mozilla is expected to tie up with network operators in a majority of global markets in order to launch the handsets, in India, the Sony handset won’t be tied to any particular network operator.

A quick run-through has been done of the Firefox OS through a desktop simulator and it is thought that although the OS was derivative of the Android and iOS, it also had a lot going for it such as its clean and simple interface which is very intuitive to use. If the OS is optimized well for mobile hardware, we could see a third OS vying for the smart-phone market very soon.

The present Sony-Xperia-E runs on Android Jelly Bean and sports a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 320×480 pixels. The Xperia E also has a 3.15 MP camera and is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. And below INR Rs 10,000/-.

With 27 million Smart-phone users and adding in India the battle of Smart-phone OS is heating up.