Alcatel wants to get involved in every mobile platform, including Palm OS if reports are true. Today, the French mobile provider announced the Alcatel Pixi, capable of running Android, Windows Phone or Firefox OS.
Similar to most Alcatel smartphones, various models are available: 3.5-inch 3G-only model and 4-inch, 4.5-inch and 5-inch 4G-models. All four are capable of running all three platforms, despite rather underwhelming internals.
Android, Windows Phone and Firefox OS are the three main open mobile platforms for Alcatel to work on, even though Android is the obvious first choice for most users, followed rather far behind by Windows Phone. Firefox OS has not even surpassed the 1 percent mark yet, putting it in the realm of Symbian and BlackBerry.
Offering the same device to users with three different operating systems gives more choice, for users who prefer Windows Phone or Firefox OS.
The only difference on the external between the three models is the hardware buttons—on Firefox OS there is a single button in the middle; on Android there is three Lollipop style buttons, and Windows Phone features the classic three button setup.
Alcatel Pixi will come in a variety of colors, including red, green, black, silver, yellow, blue and pink. It is not clear the price for each model, and whether Alcatel will add an extra price for one platform.
It looks like Alcatel will add its own skin to the Android version, but Windows Phone and Firefox OS will both remain stock, since manufacturers cannot customize the design of the platform.
Alcatel is one of the upcoming giants in the mobile industry, alongside Xiaomi, Micromax, Vivo and Oppo. The difference is Alcatel has a few decades of networking experience behind them, and a few billion dollars to push its own products.