ZTE aiming for Firefox OS device in Q1 2013?

ZTE aiming for Firefox OS device in Q1 2013?Chinese manufacturer ZTE is one of these finger-in-every-pie OEMs, currently pledging allegiance to both Android and Windows Phone.

Now we’re hearing that it’s working alongside Mozilla with the aim of churning out a Firefox OS-based smartphone in early 2013.

That’s the good word according to The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. We’re not exactly talking The Sun here.

Over on WSJ, ZTE spokesman David Dai Shu screams: "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."

Of course, Android OEMs fear Apple’s wrath (though Samsung is bearing the brunt for now), while Microsoft demands a meaty licence fee for Windows Phone.

Back in July, Mozilla was saying there was a ton of support for Firefox OS, including Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Teleno, and manufacturers TCL Communication Technology and – as evidenced above – ZTE.

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Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 16:19

Not sure this will be any less likely to end up in court on patents though.
Odd that they say they want their own os and are releasing mozilla phone instead. Does make sense to spread across platforms a bit though.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 16:29

Everytime I get excited over a FF OS I use Firefox Mobile...it's like a cold shower :p

louiselouise  Sep. 20, 2012 at 17:48

Firefox browser on android is shockingly bad. I'm a Maxthon Mobile girl, jumped from Dolphin HD after whispers of security issues on XDA forums.

jaybear88  Sep. 20, 2012 at 20:13

Is it strange that I have Opera/Chrome/Dolphin/Skyfire all in a row on my homescreen? Which browser, depends on what I was going to do.....

Pondlife  Sep. 20, 2012 at 20:22

Probably, what are these four different things to do in the browser?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 20:29

Firefox browser on android is shockingly bad. I'm a Maxthon Mobile girl, jumped from Dolphin HD after whispers of security issues on XDA forums.
I've used Mozilla's mobile browser attempts since early trials on WinMo... trust me - they all stink. The N9 seems to get an update every other day; all shockingly poor - slow, a UI that totally clashes with Harmattan's swipe gestures, menus that are stunningly complicated considering how few there are etc etc...
I tried it on Android a few times, too, and I can't think of a worse browser for Android, either.
Mind you: I find since 4.01 all desktop versions have gotten worse, also.

jaybear88  Sep. 20, 2012 at 20:35

Probably, what are these four different things to do in the browser?
Skyfire: Optimised web based video and leaves all flash "on-demand" - great when on mobile web.
Opera: Streams video and full definition and seems one of the most stable. Takes a few seconds longer to boot up though.
Chrome: Quickest to boot for really quick searches.
Dolphin: Old habits/if something doesn't load properly on whichever other browser I'm using.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 20:39

Probably, what are these four different things to do in the browser?
Skyfire: Optimised web based video and leaves all flash "on-demand" - great when on mobile web.
Opera: Streams video and full definition and seems one of the most stable. Takes a few seconds longer to boot up though.
Chrome: Quickest to boot for really quick searches.
Dolphin: Old habits/if something doesn't load properly on whichever other browser I'm using.


Yes, on Android and Symbian I used to do the same. Various browser depending on sites, signal strength etc etc Although, I cannot remember that a video ever actually worked in Skyfire except over WiFi in which case - nevermind...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 22:26

Firefox browser on android is shockingly bad. I'm a Maxthon Mobile girl, jumped from Dolphin HD after whispers of security issues on XDA forums.
Girl...XDA...can you come and give my Mrs lessons on how to find cool stuff interesting, please :p?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 22:43

Firefox browser on android is shockingly bad. I'm a Maxthon Mobile girl, jumped from Dolphin HD after whispers of security issues on XDA forums.
Girl...XDA...can you come and give my Mrs lessons on how to find cool stuff interesting, please :p?

My BH is busy rescripting Win 8's 'theme - though she hates it LOL Go figure :D And I know when it looks perfect, she'll wipe the drive to reinstall XP o_O

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 20, 2012 at 22:46

Firefox browser on android is shockingly bad. I'm a Maxthon Mobile girl, jumped from Dolphin HD after whispers of security issues on XDA forums.
Girl...XDA...can you come and give my Mrs lessons on how to find cool stuff interesting, please :p?

My BH is busy rescripting Win 8's 'theme - though she hates it LOL Go figure :D

That's so geeky, I don't even know what it means/involves. What's rescripting (which apparently isn't a word, according to Chrome)?

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