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The bulk of HTC’s smartphones run on Android. It has dabbled with Windows Phone devices but for now the Taiwanese company’s handsets are almost exclusive to Google’s mobile operating system. That doesn’t mean it won’t look at other options. A rumor floating around today claims that the company is running tests on Firefox OS.

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Mozilla’s Firefox OS for smartphones is far from being considered a major player in the global smartphone market. It still has a very long way to go before it can reach that position. Mozilla is working hard to establish Firefox OS as a player and its focusing mainly on the very low-end segment of the emerging markets.

Only a handful of manufacturers like Huawei, TCL, Alcatel, ZTE and LG have produced Firefox OS devices that those have only been released in selected markets. They are targeted at first time smartphone buyers. Could HTC join this club of companies as well?

@upleaks certainly thinks so. Its a Twitter account that rose up the ranks with its own leaks after @evleaks threw in the towel. The rumor floated by @upleaks is that some HTC developers are porting Firefox OS to various HTC devices.

It is pointed out that there’s no confirmation as yet if this is just being doing for the purpose of running some tests or whether HTC has a real strategy here for low-cost devices running Mozilla’s OS.

HTC has not commented on the rumor so it hasn’t confirmed whether some of its employees are tinkering around with Firefox OS to see if it can be promising for the future.

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