Alcatel OneTouch announces its OS-agnostic smartphone line – the PIXI 3


Well, the New Year has just begun and we already have something interesting to look forward to – the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which will take place in Las Vegas, between the 6th and 9th of January. We expect some interesting smartphone announcements at the show, and while the mysterious silence from the major players that are going to be attending it is a bit unnerving, one smartphone manufacturer has decided to unveil the new products it will be showing at CES 2015, so you can stop by its booth knowing full well what you should expect to see.

The company in question is Alcatel OneTouch and its bringing us two interesting product lines – an affordable smartwatch and a new generation of PIXI smartphones, which will be, get this – OS agnostic.

Yep, that's right, Alcatel OneTouch claims that the new PIXI 3 handsets will be compatible with 3 different operating systems to install – Firefox, Windows Phone, and Android. We are still not sure how exactly this is going to work, so let's hope that seeing the devices at CES 2015 will cast more light on the situation.

Additionally, Alcatel OneTouch promises a simple way for cross-device integration between the smartphones and office / home PCs, offering a “more familiar environment”. Again, there is not much info on what exactly the company means by that.

The PIXI 3 smartphones will come in 4 different sizes – 3.5”, 4”, 4.5”, and 5” – covering almost a full range of customer preferences (with only the phablet lovers left behind) and all models will support 4G LTE, safe for the smallest one – the PIXI 3 (3.5”) will only allow a 3G data connection.

Hardware details are still a bit hazy, so stay tuned as we learn more.

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17 Comments

1. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Lol, cute smartphones :D And nice idea, everyone gets what they want...all in one smartphone line. Looking forward in how this goes.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This is the second phone to have at least dual OS options. And I can't believe they are also doing Firefox. I have never even seen one before. Until we can install the OS of choice on any smartphone, this is how more OEMs should roll.

14. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

the first phone to give us choice was Zte Open C (android kitkat or firefox os) , i bought one from ebay and i chose firefox os (i would take other phone if i want android)

3. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

That is interesting, especially if you can change the OS on-the-fly, though I'm not sure this is possible since the bottom buttons seem to be off-screen, and I doubt Alcatel OneTouch, which essentially makes budget phones, would provide "shape-shifting" buttons. Still, I think this OS-agnostic approach is very interesting, especially for people looking at their first smartphone: allowing easy switch between Windows Phone, Android and Firefox OS would be a good way to make sure everybody finds the OS they feel the most comfortable with. I am very curious about this line of phones :)

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Alcatel bought the rights to Palm's name just to call this device a Pixi? I trust there's more to this. I'm hoping there's more to this.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Alcatel's Pixi already existed since last year, their first Pixi product was the Pixi 7 tablet. So, this has no relations to the Palm name.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm not a trademark lawyer but I'm guessing they must have had some type of agreement in place. It's not as if the spelling was different, it's the same as the Palm Pixi line.

16. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

No open webOS too...yet tbh Alcatel are one of the last outfits that I'd trust to have the dev chops to pull it off they can't even get their Android s**t together still.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Well windows OS is rather easy, just support the hardware and your done. Other than firmware updates.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

That's so cute! And that's a smart move from Alcatel, offering three OS options for the consumers.

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Nice choice is good wish every OEM did this. Android new navigation buttons design looks just those on Playstation controller.

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Google aren't gonna be happy about this

10. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Google won't be happy when other OEMs follow suit. But I love the idea of multiple OS like I do with my macbook. Best of both worlds

11. srgonu

Posts: 549; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Beautiful bezels

12. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I think the device is pre loaded with android (default) , with an option to change it later through pc connection. There are three generic capacitive buttons that changes appearance or deactivated depending on the os. Or the devices simply are preloaded with different os. There are three versions per device.

13. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

i would love to buy a 4 inch firefox device.i already own one windows and two android phones of 4 inch sizes.would love to have an ios,tizen and ff device also of 4 inch size

15. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

make it Four! add Sailfish OS to the list please

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