ZTE (still) aiming for Firefox OS device in 2013, Europe first?

ZTE (still) aiming for Firefox OS device in 2013, Europe first?Man, it’s ZTE mania at the moment. Over the past few weeks we’ve had the ZTE Nubia Z5, ZTE Grand S, and – as I was saying earlier today – a rumoured ZTE Nubia Z7.

Anyway, rewind your brains back to September and you might recall the story ZTE aiming for Firefox OS device in Q1 2013? Can you see where I’m going with this?

Yes, that’s right; we’re hearing that ZTE’s vague plans to release a Firefox OS device in 2013 are still in place.

Specifically, ZTE’s US CEO Cheng Lixin tells Bloomberg the manufacturer is working with a European network, though we’re not told which network at this stage. Telefonica previously hinted that Firefox was better than Android.

“We closely monitor the ecosystem and how it evolves,” says Cheng. “If that is ready and if consumer studies support that data, then we may launch one in U.S. also this year.”

Back in September, ZTE spokesman David Dai Shu purred: "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."

A bit like Samsung and Tizen. Sort of.

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