ZTE to sell Mozilla-powered phone in Europe

Chinese telecoms equipment maker is working with a European telco to launch a smartphone running Mozilla's mobile operating system this year.

ZTE is working with a European wireless carrier to introduce a smartphone based on a mobile operating system (OS) by Mozilla this year.

According to a Bloomberg report Thursday, the device may also be offered in the United States this year, said Cheng Lixin, CEO of ZTE’s U.S. unit, during an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

While Cheng did not specify a partner, the news wire noted Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Nexteland Telefonicahave been developing an open mobile operating system powered by Mozilla to produce a range of cheaper smartphone and takeon the Android OS.

China’s second-biggest telecommunications equipment vendor had last September revealed it was working with Mozilla to launch a new mobile operating system .

Mozilla and ZTE could capture 1 percent of the mobile market in 2013, according to a Strategy Analytics report cited by Bloomberg.

This week at CES, the Chinese company unveiled a flagship Android smartphone, the Grand S , aimed at business power users.

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