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China's ZTE finds some positive in security concerns, wants to boost brand

Michael Kan | April 18, 2013
Chinese handset maker ZTE put a positive spin on the recent U.S. scrutiny of its networking business, stating that the controversy at least gave the company some publicity and name-recognition.

To set itself apart from the competition, ZTE will launch a new phone running Mozilla's upcoming Firefox OS. Called the ZTE Open, the handset is slated to arrive in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia in mid-2013.

While the Firefox OS is still in its early stages, vendors are hoping a rival mobile operating system will emerge to challenge Android and Apple's iOS, He said. Open source HTML5 operating systems such as Firefox, or the Samsung-backed Tizen, could one day become a third alternative. But so far, Microsoft's Windows Phone OS has yet to succeed in the market, he added.

"Microsoft could succeed to become the third major operating system, but it won't be just them competing for it," He said. ZTE plans to continue releasing Windows Phone handsets. But in the end, consumers and the industry will decide which operating systems come out on top, he added.

 

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