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Foxconn Confirms Mozilla Partnership

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 3:09pm
Andrew Berg

The Foxconn Technology Group today confirmed earlier reports of a partnership with Mozilla to produce devics based on that company's Firefox OS. 

In a press release, Foxconn called the partnership "wide-ranging." This is departure for Foxconn, which in the past has mainly contracted with companies like Apple to manufacture products like the iPhone and iPad. Foxconn said that it tie-up with Mozilla will see expand into integrated software and hardware offerings. 

Young Liu, the general manager of Foxconn innovation Digital System Business Group, said Foxconn is executing on a vision of "eight screens, one network, and one cloud.". 

"Besides the native advantages of hardware manufacturing, Foxconn is also developing a brand new integrated approach to providing hardware, software, content, and services," Liu said in a statement.

Firefox OS is based on HTML5 and other Web technologies and is constructed by Mozilla as an open Web mobile operating system. Firefox OS and the apps are entirely built with HTML5, JavaScript, and new Web Application APIs including emerging Device, Web App, and System API standards pioneered by Mozilla. 

At Mobile World Congress in February, Mozilla made waves by announcing signficant carrier and OEM support for Firefox OS. 

In all, Mozilla announced 18 carrier partners putting their weight behind the new web-based OS, as well as initial devices from Alcatel OneTouch, ZTE and LG, with Huawei to follow. The first wave of Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela, with additional devices to come. 

Operators committed to the open Web device initiative include: América Móvil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefónica, Telenor, Telstra, TMN and VimpelCom.

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