ZTE could offer Firefox phones before year is out

We heard some time back that ZTE was to produce phones using the Firefox OS. Now it seems that those phones could land before the year is out.

The Chinese handset maker, the fourth largest producer of phones in the world, is teaming up with Mozilla to showcase the upcoming Firefox operating system. That's a departure for the firm, which has relied heavily on Android in the past.

David Dai Shu of ZTE told Reuters that the company is pushing ahead with work on the new operating system, as well as producing Android phones: 'It's all part of our wider plans to create a better balance of products using various operating systems,' he said, adding that 'we won't just rely on Android or Windows.'

Originally, 2013 was the expected arrival time, presumably with a showcase at either the CES or MWC trade shows, possibly both. But ZTE is now hinting that the operating system could debut in 2012, with a carrier already earmarked for new product before Christmas.

Telefónica was mentioned as one of the initial partners for the OS some months back, which means there is a possibility of it hitting the UK via O2. Although that is purely speculation.

We'll just hang on for the inevitable press launch, when details of when and where should be confirmed. If they are going for 2012, that shouldn't be far off.

Source: TechRadar

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