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The biggest competitor to Google in the web browser market share is planning to come with a smartphone soon, to throw a new challenge to the software multinational in the category of operating system for mobile devices. Yes the talk is about Mozilla, the non-profit company that makes the Firefox Web browser.
The latest reports from Bloomberg have come in during the ongoing CES 2013 event that ZTE has plans to build and launch smartphones running on Firefox OS, partnering with a European carrier. The report further went on saying that the first launch of the devices will be in Europe sometime this year.
Cheng Lixin, CEO of U.S. unit of ZTE hinted at a possible release of the device in the US market also in 2013. He said that the launch will happen only after closely monitoring the ecosystem and studying the data to determine if it will be favorable in the US. However, any other details regarding pricing or specifications of the device has not been revealed so far.
ZTE's decision to use Firefox OS will be a hard rap on Google since most of the ZTE phones are Android-based. The company officials stated in the report that ZTE does not want to depend on just a single operating system, however, they intend to make presence felt in the US market via multiple launches covering variable platforms.
Jay Sullivan, vice president of products, Mozilla, confirmed that Mozilla has been working with ZTE, TCL and Qualcomm on devices based on Firefox OS.
Back in July 2012, Mozilla had announced the Firefox OS as an open alternative to the Android platform and had promised that devices carrying the OS will be arriving sometime in 2013.
Well for now, it will help to be patient and new details may get revealed in days to come. Conversely, the point of worry here is, can Mozilla in association with ZTE will actually be able compete against the likes of Android OS, Windows Phone 8 and Apple's iOS, when it comes to smartphone and tablet operating systems ?