AT&T Mobility CEO says he's open to Firefox OS
The carrier would be willing to offer Firefox phones if enough customers demand it, the executive told CNET.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T has cracked open the door to Mozilla's recently unveiled Firefox mobile operating system."I think there is room for more" operating systems, said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, in an interview with CNET. When asked whether the industry could support multiple operating systems, de la Vega affirmed the sentiment: "absolutely." Ultimately, it comes down to consumer demand, he said. If people are vocal about the desire for a Firefox phone and there's a likelihood of succeeding, AT&T will provide a device, de la Vega said.
"It's certainly attractive, but it's a little early on for us to be commenting on that," he said.
Still, others weren't so enthusiastic. A high-level Samsung Electronics executive told CNET that theSimilarly, de la Vega said he still has high hopes for BlackBerry, which still has a solid niche group of customers who won't leave their keyboards. Those are the people who will buy the new . BlackBerry 10-powered
On the other mobile operating system vying for the No. 3 position, Windows Phone, he conceded that it has been a slow start, but says he is taking a longer-term view. He believes that what Microsoft is doing to get more Windows 8 tablets in the market is a "big deal" that could drive adoption in the future.The tablets, alongside additional Windows 8 PCs, will create a large enough ecosystem to drive sales down the line, he said. "I think it will take a while for consumers to get used to it," he acknowledged. On one of the lead Windows Phone devices, the