Mozilla gets a big boost of support in their push to enter the mobile space from major electronics manufacturer Foxconn.
Trying to take on iOS and Android is quite an uphill battle which I’m sure companies like BlackBerry and Microsoft can attest to. None are more of an underdog than Mozilla who are trying to do just that using their new Firefox mobile OS.
This is obviously a significant vote of confidence considering the size of Foxconn and all that they’ve done in the mobile space providing manufacturing services for many different companies, most notably Apple. Young Liu, the general manager of Foxconn’s innovation Digital System Business Group had the following to say about the new partnership.
“Because of our shared vision, we are excited to work with Mozilla. Firefox OS from Mozilla is based on HTML5 and open web technologies. The whole idea perfectly matches to the strategies promoted by Foxconn. We believe that the integration of software and hardware development will offer greater benefits to our customers and consumers.”
More specifically, Foxconn will use their experience in manufacturing tablets such as iPads to create what could possibly be the first tablet running the new operating system. That isn’t all, according to The Next Web the two companies are partnering on an addition five devices.
Foxconn along with other companies such as Huawei planning device support is one thing, but the obvious challenge remains of getting carriers to not only put the tablet into their stores but to actively push them as they do Apple devices for instance. The uphill climb remains as steep as ever but this new support gives Mozilla much better chances of penetrating the market to some degree. Now they just have to execute.