ZTE bringing Firefox OS smartphone in 2013
ZTE will launch a Firefox OS smartphone this year
The company will debut its handset in Brazil but is said to be in talks with an unknown European network. Other reports suggest Mozilla is teaming up with Telefonica, parent company of O2, which suggests that we could see ZTE’s Firefox handset launched in the UK through O2.
Telefonica CEO Matthew Key said: ‘Firefox OS will bring a better smart phone experience to a higher proportion of the population at a lower cost.’
Firefox OS is planned to offer an Android alternative at the lower end of the market with budget-price devices.
While the operating system itself has been previewed before, running on existing Samsung Galaxy handsets, we’ve yet to see any leaks or previews of the actual device hardware and we’ve no idea what ZTE’s as yet unnamed smartphone will look like.
Mozilla vice president Jay Sullivan revealed that ZTE and Mozilla is working closely with Qualcomm, indicating that Snapdragon processor hardware could power the first set of Firefox phones we see released.