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ZTE and Mozilla will launch Firefox OS this year

Phones coming in the next few months
Wed Sep 19 2012, 10:38
Firefox OS mobile

CHINESE PHONE MAKER ZTE has revealed that it, along with Mozilla, will launch the Firefox operating system (OS) later this year.

Despite the firm's commitment to both Android and Windows Phone, ZTE spokesperson David Dai Shu told Reuters that the firm plans to launch the Firefox OS within the next few months, along with the first handsets running Mozilla's smartphone OS.

"We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android," said Dai Shu.

"It's all part of our wider plans to create a better balance of products using various operating systems. We won't just rely on Android or Windows."

Although we don't know the full details of Firefox OS yet, leaked screenshots have revealed that the operating system won't look too dissimilar to IOS or Android. Mozilla's Firefox OS home screen features four columns of icons and an Android-like lock screen, suggesting that the operating system won't be radical in design.

What we do know, however, is that apps on Firefox OS will be primarily based around HTML and Javascript, which means that it's likely to have a lot of apps available from day one.

ZTE was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ


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