ZTE confirms it will have smartphones with Mozilla Firefox OS in 2013. Windows Phone 8 devices also reconfirmed
As we told you back in June, Mozilla’s own mobile OS has been rebranded to Firefox Mobile (from Boot to Gecko), and the first companies to launch devices based on it are China’s ZTE and TCL (which makes Alcatel handsets).
Well, ZTE has now confirmed that it plans to introduce several Mozilla-based spmartphones in the first quarter of 2013.
According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), ZTE Executive Vice President He Shiyou has also reconfirmed that the company will introduce Windows Phone 8 devices, either at the end of this year, or in early 2013.
Unfortunately, the ZTE official didn’t provide further details on any of the future smartphones. But we’ve heard the Firefox-based ones should be affordable, using Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and bound to be launched in Brazil first.
Will ZTE’s Mozilla phones be better than its affordable handsets that run Android? We’ll see next year.