According to a ZTE spokesperson, the company is eyeing to release their Firefox powered smartphones before the year ends or early 2103.
Mozilla, which developed the Firefox browser, will as well lead the charge for the Firefox OS.
The world’s fourth largest mobile phone vendor is planning to separate themselves from Android and Windows, as they delve making Firefox OS as their OS of choice.
According to ZTE spokesperson David Dai Shu, “We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android.”
“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,” he added.
He added that ZTE will unveil the operating system together with Mozilla in the months to come. He added that the company will be releasing the first Firefox powered device together with the roll out of the OS or a little later.
Majority of ZTE’s smartphones carries the Adnroid line while the ‘Tania’ line carries Windows.
Dai noted, “We are working with a regional telecom carrier outside of China to unveil products based on our own operating system.”
Mozilla and its latest HTML5 based operating system for mobile devices received a pat from the back from major telcos, as they are about to step on to the OS market.
With a great catchy name, Firefox OS, Mozilla’s bid to enter into the OS wars started on the right track as quite a number of operators and manufacturers were optimistic as to what Firefox OS can achieve.
According to Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs as told to The Next Web, “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use. The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”
The introduction of Firefox OS by Mozilla is aimed to give an open Web standards based experience across different platforms at an affordable rate.
The Next Web report also added that carriers who have vowed support for the Firefox OS are Etisalat, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Sprint, Smart and Deutsche Telekom.
TCL Communication Technology and ZTE also voiced their support to the OS by making devices that will be supporting Firefox OS.
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In a report published by TechRadar, Product and Innovation Director at Telefonica, Carlos Domingo, says that survey results show that Firefox Mobile OS is going to do good when it comes to apps for their operating system.
According to Domingo, “results from our survey showed that over 75% of all apps in Google Play and the Apple AppStore are written in HTML 5, which makes them really easy to port over to Firefox.”
This could be good for Mozilla and app developers because the latter will have an easier time in making their apps compatible with Firefox Mobile OS.
Firefox Mobile OS is a web-based HTML 5 platform. App developers who have browser-based apps will be happy upon knowing that their system will work with the HTML 5 platform easily.
Facebook will also be unveiling their HTML 5 app along with Twitter. The two are considered to be two of the most popular apps in the market today. With the impending release of the HTML 5 versions, this will be integrated deeply into the upcoming Firefox Mobile OS.
Firefox Mobile OS will be entering a market that is being dominated by iOS and Android. They would also have to face the aggressive Windows platform and the impending release of the BlackBerry 10 OS.
Mozilla is planning to enter the OS battle with their own mobile OS to be launched in the market sometime in 2013.
Announced way back in 2011, Mozilla’s pet project, formerly called Boot to Gecko, will power smartphones that were developed to open web standards and based on HTML 5 applications.
Mozilla will be partnering with ZTE and Alcatel, two small players in the smartphone game. The two companies have announced that they are going to develop devices that will be supported by the Mozilla OS.
Mozilla’s entry to the OS business is rather tense as they will be pitting against the Android, iOS, Windows 8 and even the BlackBerry 10, which has been supporting smartphones for years.
Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said, “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use.”
“The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings,” he added.
Do you think Firefox OS will be successful in branding Mozilla as an OS developer?