ZTE Confirms Firefox OS Phone coming in 2013

It’s been a busy season for ZTE, they’ve impressed us with theĀ announcementĀ of two stellar devices, the Nubia Z5, and the ZTE Grand S, Not to mention the rumors of the upcoming Nubia Z7 superphone!

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Cheng Lixin, CEO of ZTE Corp.’s U.S. unit

But along with the high-profile hype around their Android devices, ZTE’s US chief,Ā Cheng Lixin, confirmed in and interview withĀ Bloomberg, that they are working with Qualcomm to develop an inexpensive phone that will run theĀ Firefox OS.

So, you might be asking yourself, “s0 what, who cares about that?”

Well, as it turns out, quite a lot of folks haven’t made the transition from feature phones to smartphones, and the overwhelming quick pace of technical advancement has left a void where “non-smarphones” used inhabit.

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A Firefox OS phone is a bit of the best of both worlds, it has a touch based UI and many of the advantages of a smart phone, but it’s applications do most of their work out in the cloud, so the hardware isĀ simplerĀ and less expensive, even thought the look and feel approaches what’sĀ achievableĀ in an Android or iOS phone. Additionally, With it’s HTML5 based user interface, it is considerably easier to customize and roll outĀ applicationsĀ and core phone features. This is both a blessing and a curse, since while it makes it easier to quickly add value, it also allows carriers to make their own modifications that go back to the days of anti-consumer features that make the devices harder to use on other carries networks.

It’s unclear what this new class of non-smartphone/non-feature phone will be called (maybe browserphone?) butĀ Deutsche Telekom AG,Ā Sprint Nextel Corp. (S)Ā andĀ Telefonica SA (TEF)Ā all have projects underway to customize the default UI of Firefox OS.Ā Simply stated, the old days of simple feature phones are gone for good, but with Firefox OS phones, the oldĀ pricesĀ are on their way back.

Overall, Firefox OS is a great addition to the range of options for devices, and shares the open sourceĀ heritageĀ of Android. It’s great to see that ZTE is openly supporting the OS, and hopefully we’ll see more manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon in the coming year.

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  1. LucifeL
    January 11, 2013

    No thank you… o_O Rather not be a BITCH!!! to any carrier… I’m happy with android šŸ™‚

  2. LucifeL
    January 11, 2013

    BTW.. why does the evernote icon say angry birds and Angrybirds icon say evernote… ???? o_O

  3. Totem
    January 12, 2013

    I’d get one if it has the price of a feature phone šŸ˜€

  4. Paul
    January 15, 2013

    It’s nice to see more competion opening or rather coming out. It’s also nice that they are thinking smartphones for the budget minded people. Look with the volitile world economy people shouldn’t just thriw their money on so called premium phones that cost the consumers a thousand dollars when in fact it cost the company 300 hundred dollars to make. Look I know the company needs to make money but thats way too much overcharge.