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Alcatel promises new Firefox OS phones for MWC 2014

Following last year’s introduction of the Android rival, smartphone manufacturer Alcatel has confirmed it will launch a range of new Firefox OS devices at MWC 2014.

The phones, which will be unveiled at the Barcelona-based show between February 24 and 27, will follow early Firefox OS efforts from the manufacturer, as well as the ZTE Open, one of the few devices to run the alternative software.

Suggesting that it has reached its phase one Firefox OS targets, Alcatel has revealed that it is now working closely with software giant Mozilla to out new Firefox phones next month.

There will be a few new devices coming from us that you will see announced in Barcelona together with Mozilla,” Dan Dery, Alcatel’s Vice President of Marketing said speaking exclusively with TrustedReviews.” We want to make this a joint announcement.”

Teasing further details of the new Firefox phones he added: “At MWC you will see more products and more importantly, more differentiation of products.”

Although the Firefox OS has, to date, made few waves on the smartphone scene, Alcatel has claimed that it has successfully achieved all early goals for the new platform.

“We have already started shipping smartphone products with Morzilla, running Firefox. Things went so far as planned – and the plan was to ship the new OS and that’s not a simple thing at all,” Dery told us.

“Check, it’s done, we did that. We were planning to work with some customers and carriers and we did that so now all the targets have been reached.”

Looking to the MWC announcements he added: “All the targets have been reached and more we are talking with Mozilla about taking things to the next step. We are really getting into a fast, clear partnership where we are targeting not only getting an alternative OS to Android, but really something new.

“A new concept, a new value proposition, new form factors and new usage based on this Firefox OS.”

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