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ZTE is one of the first major OEMs to plug Mozilla's fledgling OS

We've heard about the upcoming Ubuntu OS, a would-be Linux competitor to Google Inc.'s (GOOG) 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.

First announced 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. (SHE:000063).

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.

The new Mozilla OS makes heavy use of HTML5 in its user interface and core apps; more so than in Android.  Like Android there's a fair amount of Javascript to go around, too, though and other web-centric languages.

Additionally, ZTE teased at and then showed off (to Engadget and others), a "phablet" (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
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.

Sources: NeoWin, Engadget



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RE: Adsense?
By DrApop on 1/31/2013 12:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
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.


RE: Adsense?
By kmmatney on 1/31/2013 2:59:21 PM , Rating: 2
???

This phone runs on Android 4.1.2, not a new OS.


RE: Adsense?
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/31/13, Rating: -1
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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