ZTE has announced that they are releasing their first smartphone that will use the Firefox operating system. The launch will include sales on all eBay stores which will see people bid for a number of phones. The phone has an orange plate and it will cost about $79.99. The phone will be unlocked in the United States.
The company, Mozilla, says that the phones will be unlocked allowing developers to create applications that can be used on the Firefox OS. The company wants to create applications that people love, and bring the web as a platform for innovation. The low-cost ZTE will ensure that more people can access a good Smartphone. This will bring the web to more people especially those who cannot afford the mainstream Smartphones.
The New ZTE Smart phone has a 3.5-inch screen, and processor from Qualcomm that has the capacity of 1 GHz. It has a 3.2 Megapixel camera that faces the back. The phone can access Wi-Fi and an A-GPS. The ZTE also has 256 MB RAM, and has 512MB of integrated storage. The phone will have integrated applications to access Facebook and Twitter.
The phone can also use HERE maps from Nokia. Firefox has put a mobile browser and a MarketPlace in the phone. The ZTE is not the only phone that will use this operating system, as LG and Huawei Technologies say that they will produce phones that use the operating system as well.
The applications that the phone will come with include The Weather Channel, CNNMonday, Time, Huffington post, eBay, amongst many others. The makers say that these applications will enable the phone user to be closer to the news, and keep the informed. This will give advanced technology to people who may have never owned a Smartphone. The company executives say that the phone was created specifically for first-time Smartphone users. This is the reason why it is being launched at such a low cost. The phones will also sell in the UK for £59.99.
The phone, although set to be launched in the UK and US, has already been launched in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela. The company will not sell the phone to Mobile Carriers in the US. The phone will battle with Alcaltel’s One Touch Fire which the manufacturer Deutsche Telekom has sold in a number of countries including Poland. The phone performs just as well as any Android or iOS phone. The phone is bound to get popular especially in developing countries where spending a small fortune on a phone is not possible for most people.
Application developers will have a great time making app for the Smartphone. People who were not familiar with creating application for Android and iOS can now get in on the relative easy task of making applications using HTML5. The applications bundled into the phone are made in HTML5 and there are a great proportion of people who know how to develop using this writing language. The phone is well suited for the emerging markets countries.