ZTE launches next generation Firefox phone


Handset is first to be based on the latest version of Firefox OS

ZTE has announced the release of the Open C Firefox OS smartphone, based on the latest version of Mozilla’s OS, which be available exclusively through eBay.

The handset has a 4 inch screen, a 3MP camera, 4GB of storage, and a 1400 mAh battery. It is 10.8 mm thick and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

The phone retails at £69.99 and is targeted at entry-level smartphone users. It will be available to eBay users in the US, UK, Germany, Russia and a number of other European countries.

Firefox has been critical of the closed nature of the Android and iOS platform and its OS is the first to be powered by open source web technologies. Applications are HTML5-based which means, in theory, that developers can use the same piece of code across any platform (desktop, Android, iOS, vehicle) that it chooses to deploy the app to.

The ZTE device is the first to run the latest version of the OS which features enhancements such as direct music playing from the lock screen, advanced Bluetooth sharing and faster start times for system apps (calendar, address book etc).

So, far Firefox OS phones have only been officially launched in a select number of countries including Brazil, Serbia, Poland and Colombia.

In addition to ZTE, the OS’ manufacturer partners include LG, Huawei and chipmaker Qualcomm.