Alcatel has already declared that its new One Touch Fire is the world’s first smartphone running Moxilla’s Firefox OS - but Mozilla says it’s also working with LG and ZTE to build the first Firefox OS devices… and notes that Huawei will follow later in the year.
These first-generation Firefox smartphones are expected to launch in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela.
Just a couple of days after NVIDIA announced its new 4G-enabled Tegra 4i mobile processor - and only a few weeks after the original quad-core Tegra 4 was announced - Chinese manufacturer ZTE has confirmed it’s already working on smartphones powered by the new NVIDIA processors.
The first of these devices is expected to go on sale in China by the middle of 2013.
Figuring out the figures
Mark Bridge writes:
I didn’t study economics at college, which is probably one of the reasons I have a very simple perspective on quarterly results. As far as I’m concerned, they fall into one of three categories: much as expected, better than expected or worse than expected. Anyway, it’s the time of year when some of the biggest names in the mobile telecoms industry publish their financial results – so here we go.
According to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, smartphone shipments were up almost 43% last year to 700 million units.
Samsung extended its smartphone market share by more than ten percentage points while Nokia lost around the same amount.
1.6 billion mobile phones were shipped worldwide in 2012; a 2% year-on-year increase, according to ABI Research.
Smartphones accounted for 41% of the overall figure.