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Alcatel One Touch Fire Hands-on

Alcatel One Touch Fire preview: This anemic Firefox phone might be a tough sell

By on February 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM.

Alcatel One Touch Fire preview: This anemic Firefox phone might be a tough sell

Another day, another Firefox OS-powered handset here at Mobile World Congress. We had the chance to take a hands-on look at Alcatel’s first Firefox phone on Tuesday and walked away with some distinctly tepid impressions. As a disclaimer, the software we played with was in beta, but Firefox and Alcatel are planning to launch these phones within months, so any performance enhancements they hope to achieve will have to be pushed out relatively quickly. More →

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ZTE Open Hands-on

Does the world need another new mobile OS? Firefox and ZTE think so

By on February 25, 2013 at 9:05 PM.

Does the world need another new mobile OS? Firefox and ZTE think so

The new ZTE (0763) Open is perhaps more significant for what it’s not than what it is. The handset does not run Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 or Tizen. In a world dominated by just a few established major players, the introduction of Firefox’s new mobile OS, alongside handsets such as the Open, is pretty big news. Banking on the untapped demand in emerging markets yet to see the explosion of smartphone growth that has swept the rest of the planet, Firefox and ZTE are hoping to make headway with their own unique offering. More →

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ZTE Grand Memo Phablet

Good news, ‘phablet’ fans: ZTE plans to release a 5.7-inch behemoth called the ‘Grand Memo’

By on January 30, 2013 at 9:21 PM.

Good news, ‘phablet’ fans: ZTE plans to release a 5.7-inch behemoth called the ‘Grand Memo’

ZTE (0763) has big plans for 2013. The Chinese manufacturer has previously focused on low-end feature phones and smartphones, however in a move similar to rival Huawei(002502), ZTE is looking to attack the high-end market with a variety of devices. The company recently announced the Grand S smartphone, which is equipped with a 1080p full HD display and quad-core processor, and is scheduled to debut even more devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More →

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Mozilla Firefox OS Developers Phone

Mozilla announces two developer phones for Firefox OS

By on January 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM.

Mozilla announces two developer phones for Firefox OS

Mozilla on Tuesday announced a new partnership with GeeksPhone to produce a pair of developer devices running the HTML5-based Firefox OS. Both are low-end smartphones that fall in line with the company’s plans to attack emerging and prepaid markets. The Keon is equipped with a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 1GHz single-core Snapdragon S1 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a micro SD slot and a 3-megapixel rear camera. The Peak has slightly better specs, although it will still be considered a low-end device by today’s standards. The smartphone features a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Pricing information was not disclosed, however Mozilla said the first developer devices are expected to launch in February.

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ZTE will launch smartphones with Mozilla’s Firefox OS early next year

By on September 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM.

ZTE will launch smartphones with Mozilla’s Firefox OS early next year

ZTE Firefox OS Smartphone

Add ZTE (0763) to the list of manufacturers trying to decrease their dependence on Android by diversifying their mobile portfolios. The company’s executive vice president He Shiyou told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that ZTE will launch smartphones with Mozilla’s Firefox OS in the first quarter of 2013, while also confirming that ZTE is planning new Windows Phone 8 smartphones to go on sale later this year. Mozilla revealed plans for its own HTML5-based mobile platform earlier this year and said that initial hardware partners will include ZTE, TCL and Qualcomm (QCOM). More →

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Mozilla’s HTML5-based Firefox OS coming in early 2013

By on July 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM.

Mozilla’s HTML5-based Firefox OS coming in early 2013

Mozilla Firefox OS Release Date

Mozilla on Monday revealed that its Boot to Gecko mobile platform has been rebranded as Firefox OS. The HTML5-based OS will power smartphones built to open Web standards. “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.” The company has partnered with Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telenor to support the operating system, with the first devices set to be released early next year. The initial Firefox OS hardware will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and will be produced by ZTE and TCL. Mozilla’s press release follows below. More →

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