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ZTE working with a telco on a European Firefox OS smartphone launch

Andrew Sadauskas /

ZTE has revealed it is working with an unnamed European carrier on launching a smartphone based on Mozilla’s Firefox OS in Europe this year.

According to Bloomberg, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is also looking at a potential US launch of the device this year, depending on its success in Europe.

“We [will] closely monitor the ecosystem and how it evolves,” says ZTE’s US chief executive, Cheng Lixin.

“If that is ready and if consumer studies support that data, then we may launch [the smartphone] in the US also this year.”

Mozilla, best known for the Firefox web browser, has been working with leading European carriers, fabless chipmaker Qualcomm, ZTE and Alcatel on the low-cost Firefox OS smartphone platform, which uses web standard protocols such as HTML5 for app development.

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Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.

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