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Mozilla has unveiled the first Firefox phone this week, which the company has created for developers worldwide to preview and test their new Firefox OS.
Smartphone maker ZTE mentioned that it will work with a European wireless carrier to launch a smartphone with Mozilla’s Firefox mobile OS. ZTE’s CEO Cheng Lixen told Bloomberg news that the mobile compant might also offer a device with this same OS in the United States.
Other mobile carriers that have committed to supporting Firefox OS, include Sprint in the U.S., Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, Smart Communications in the Philippines, Italy’s Telecom Italia, Spain’s Telefonica, Norway’s Telenor and Abu Dhabi’s Etisalat.
The new Firefox phones is equipped a 3 MP rear camera, a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor supported by 512MB of RAM with 4Gb of internal memory and a 1580 mAh battery.
Regarding the Mozilla’s financial effort, they will only have 1% of all global smartphone shipments in 2013, versus 67% for Android, and it could take up to two years to make the OS more popular.
According to Mozilla: “Firefox OS is a cutting-edge mobile operating system, designed to render the highest performace. The Web is the Platform, which means not only taking down barriers, but also a lighter system that makes your apps run smoothly and an optimal battery life. Firefox OS implements the latest web standards, and makes them the core of its inner workings. The concepts of true “multi-platform” becomes a reality, and the developer can take his applications to their full potential.
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