SOFTWARE OUTFIT Mozilla has confirmed that it has a number of partners that will release Firefox based phones sometime this year.
The organisation said in an email that it has a number of partners working with the Firefox operating system and at least one confirmed country location. While it mentioned a regional mobile network operator, it did not confirm a European release.
"We have announced Firefox OS partners including device manufacturers like TCL Communication Technology (Alcatel) and ZTE; chipset manufacturer Qualcomm; network operator partners like Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica," said Mozilla VP of Products Jay Sullivan.
"Telefonica has announced plans to ship devices in Latin America in 2013. While we have no further announcements at this time, interest and momentum continues to grow in Firefox OS."
The news that ZTE has upcoming hardware was reported by Bloomberg. There we read that Cheng Lixin, CEO of the ZTE's US unit, was keen on bringing Firefox phones to his territory.
"We closely monitor the ecosystem and how it evolves," he said. "If that is ready and if consumer studies support that data, then we may launch one in US also this year."
Cheng confirmed the European release, but did not name a carrier. µ