ZTE to launch Firefox OS-based smartphones with Mozilla soon

ZTE is reportedly working closely with Mozilla to develop new phones running a new mobile OS tentatively dubbed Firefox OS. This is Mozilla's answer to the leading mobile operating systems of today and could be ZTE's ticket to relative mobile obscurity. The two companies are aiming for a launch before the end of 2012. But if things don't go quite as planned, the launch may be pushed to early next year.

What Else You Need To Know

  • One of the main features of Firefox OS is its use of Mozilla's HTML rendering engine, which makes it an easier platform to develop for if you're a developer.

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We hope ZTE will thus deliver Windows 8 and WP8 for the mid-range market. - Sanjeev Ramachandran, DeviceMAG  
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