ZTE will begin selling its Firefox-based Open smartphone to U.S. and U.K. consumers via eBay. Priced at $79.99 and unlocked to enable use across all mobile networks, the ZTE Open will be offered in an exclusive orange color from the manufacturer's branded eBay storefront.
ZTE has reached an agreement with Electronic Arts to preload the publisher's games on its Android smartphones.
Smartphones accounted for more than half of all mobile phones shipped during the first quarter of 2013, eclipsing feature phone shipments for the first time ever, research firm IDC reports.
Samsung Electronics dominated both worldwide smartphone sales and overall mobile phone sales in 2012, and research firm Gartner contends the manufacturer's brand is now eclipsing Google's Android brand in the minds of consumers.
Ericsson is cutting close to 10 percent of its Swedish workforce, 1,550 out of a total of 17,768 employees, mostly in its mobile network equipment division.
Smartphone shipments exceeded 157 million in the third quarter, with Samsung widening its lead over rival Apple, according to the latest data from Juniper Research.
Three of the top five mobile handset vendors will be Chinese by the end of 2014, predicted Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and Gartner fellow.
Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei confirmed it is building its own mobile operating system as a safety net in the event it must distance itself from Google's Android, which is the focus of patent disputes between Apple and other smartphone makers.
Firefox browser developer Mozilla and Chinese mobile handset vendor ZTE are teaming to launch a new mobile operating system later this year or earlier next year.
ZTE is collaborating with Mozilla to build smartphones based on the open-source software development initiative's fledgling Firefox OS, a move to diversify the Chinese manufacturer's device portfolio away from Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone.