ZTE Plans Firefox OS Phone, Airs Massive 5.7-inch "Phone"
January 30, 2013 7:16 PM
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ZTE is one of the first major OEMs to plug Mozilla's fledgling OS
We've heard about the upcoming
, a would-be Linux competitor to Google Inc.'s (
) Android, which is set to launch in 2014. While it's faded off the radar of some, the Mozilla Foundation is crafting a Linux OS of their own, dubbed Firefox OS.
in summer of 2011
, it sounds like the Mozilla operating system will finally be landing on commercial devices this year or early next year, with the help of Chinese smartphone and telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. (
As we wind up towards
Mobile World Congress 2013
(MWC), ZTE teased at two new smartphones -- one of which the teaser suggests will be running the Mozilla OS. Mozilla launched developer handsets of its upcoming OS, manufactured by small up-and-coming OEM "Geeksphone". ZTE phones have already been spotted running test builds of the upcoming OS.
Additionally, ZTE teased at and then showed off (
(a phone-cum-tablet) dubbed "Grand Memo". The 5.7-inch device is "only" 1280x720 pixels, but it does pack a 13 megapixel camera, quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro by Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM), and Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2). Despite being a slender 8 mm thin, it's able to squeeze in a microSD slot for expandable memory, as well.
ZTE Grand Memo [Image Source: Engadget]
ZTE is also reportedly cooking up one of the first Windows Phone 8 phablets, a 5.9-inch monster dubbed "Blade 8". Sporting stylus support, Blade 8 may not land until after MWC, though, and was not in the teaser.
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1/31/2013 12:56:38 PM
It's a real shame that all of a sudden we seem to be moving backward. By backwards I mean, moving away from OS independent software/programs based on HTML5 standardization.
When you have to rebuild/rewrite code in order to run on all these different OS's, it stifles creativity and innovation. Better to write for one standard that everyone can take advantage of.
Unfortunately, if HTML5 were some type of paid for program it would have already been dead in the water because it's taking something like 5 years and they have yet to get to gold release let alone updates and/or more advanced version....6, 7, 8. This along with the requirement for CSS, JS, or whatever else that's needed to make it function efficiently.
So now we are again or still stuck in the "this software will only work on this specific OS and we don't plan to port to your OS" world.
1/31/2013 2:59:21 PM
This phone runs on Android 4.1.2, not a new OS.
1/31/2013 5:05:47 PM
ZTE Plans Firefox OS Phone
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