One of the leading mobile makers of China, ZTE, is busy making a smartphone with Firefox as its OS. Most probably the Firefox OS supported phone will be launched in the later half of 2013. At the very moment you read this, tie ups are going on between ZTE and Mozilla, with an unnamed European carrier to market the handset. ZTE has cleared that they would be bringing the smartphone to US, if there is a user demand. Sources have hinted that this recent tie ups target at the bringing down of ZTE's reliance on Google's Android Operating System, which currently holds almost 75% of the market shares according to an IDC report. If things go on as per the plan, Firefox OS could have 1% of the total market share by the end of 2013. The company is planning to launch the device in Europe.
The news was revealed by the CEO of ZTE, at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2013 at Las Vegas. ZTE is aiming at a faster development in market, changing their route from the traditional equipment business by expanding their field to cloud computing and mobile devices. Mozilla had announced in 2012 about their OS and also about their pioneer devices using it. The recent developments show that they were sticking to their project all these times. Mozilla is getting well equipped to confront the Android soldiers who currently rule the market.
But despite of a posh and sophisticated device with premium features, they will be moulding out a so called 'entry-level' device which will be priced more or less the same as some of the featured phones. The operating system would be based on HTML5. Reports say that Qualcomm – the making hand of the Snapdragon chips will be providing silicon for the impending Firefox OS Smartphones. The phone will be using Snapdragon processor.
Numerous manufactures are on their way of cutting short their reliance upon Google’s Android, in the fear that Google might come with their own hardware and that eventually they might cut their support given to other manufacturers. As Mozilla is entering the field, many companies are looking on it as a way of escape from Google's Android platform.
One of the major hurdles that could come in the way of the blooming OS is building up an installed user-base which in turn promotes developers to generate applications for the smartphone. As Apple's iOS and Google's Android already have a mass bundle of application base, it is gonna be a major barrier for the forthcoming OS.
Apart from ZTE, another Chinese manufacturer TCL is also getting ready to come up with a Firefox OS phone. More specs about both the phones are yet to reveal. One thing is sure that at last some are busy shaping up a Smartphone with Firefox OS.
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