ZTE has announced that it is working on a range of smartphones for release in 2013 which will operate on the much-anticipated Mozilla Firefox OS.
He Shiyou, ZTE’s executive vice president, told reporters at a press event on Wednesday that the Chinese manufacturer will launch devices built around Mozilla’s forthcoming mobile operating system in the first quarter of next year.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which was in attendance at the event, Shiyou did not share specific information on the how many handsets would be unveiled or what the specifications of the devices would be.
The announcement is not a total surprise as Mozilla announced a partnership with ZTE over the summer, however, this is the first indication from either party that concrete plans are being made for a launch of the OS to the general public.
ZTE’s move into both the Mozilla and Windows Phone arenas, signals a growing trend among manufacturers to seek out Android alternatives.
With HTC, Samsung and Huawei all recently announcing Windows Phone devices and the continued speculation surrounding the rumoured Tizen OS, it seems that Android’s dominance could face much fiercer competition in the near future.