ZTE are currently working on a smartphone running on Mozilla's Firefox OS which will launch across Europe this year.
The information was revealed by ZTE's US CEO at this years CES 2013 , which took place in Las Vegas and was reported by Bloomberg. Apparently, the Chinese manufacturer are already working with a European operator to develop the smartphone.
Previously, we reported that ZTE were working with Telefonica so it's quite possible we'll see a ZTE smartphone running on Firefox OS launching on O2 in the UK. The only other detail we have about ZTE's potential Firefox Mobile is that it'll feature a Snapdragon processor.
Firefox OS is an open-source operating system aimed at offering an alternative to Android. Mozilla's operating system will be used on affordable smartphones and enables HTML5 to access a device's capabilities.
Many manufacturers are currently looking to cut their reliance on Google's Android platform in fear that Google could cut support long-term in favour of its own hardware. Firefox OS offers one alternative and with Mozilla's experience in the mobile market with Firefox it could well prove successful.
The major problem new operating systems face is building up an installed user-base which in turn promotes developers to produce applications for the smartphone. Apple's iOS and Google's Android already have a huge application base and that is a massive barrier to entry for new OS's.
As soon as 3G hear more about either the Firefox OS or ZTE's Firefox Mobile you'll be the first to know !
By Simon Thomas on 11th January, 2013