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Firefox OS finds partner in Foxconn, device to debut on June 3rd

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Firefox OS finds partner in Foxconn, device to debut on June 3rd
Mozilla and Foxconn announced a partnership which will also result in a product announcement of a device running the new operating system next Monday, June 3rd.  Mozilla has been able to put together an impressive array of partners as it prepares to unleash its new mobile operating system upon the world. Among those partners are LG, Alcatel, Qualcomm, KDDI, Telefonica, T-Mobile and others.

We do not know what brand the device will bear when it is announced next week. Foxconn manufactures devices for a number of companies, most notably Apple. However, it has been speculated that Foxconn has been seeking to expand its client base due to concerns about being too reliant on Apple.

Could we be looking at a Mozilla branded device, or perhaps a Foxconn brand? Will it be a smartphone or tablet? We are not holding our breath for a tablet, but with the recent report that Foxconn will be making its own line of accessories, it is not too far of a stretch to think that a self-branded line of electronics might find their way out of the giant manufacturer.

More will certainly be revealed next Monday.

sources: Focus Taiwan via Unwired View

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posted on 28 May 2013, 01:33

1. MachDaddy (Posts: 52; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

i know more choice is supposedly better, but if the operating system market keeps splintering, which OS will house the best apps? I'd be interested in trying other OS's but how long til Firefox or Tizen or Ubuntu have decent app selections? It's already kinda splintered with Android, iOS, BB and WP...

Am I the only one who sees a downside to all these operating systems?

posted on 28 May 2013, 01:45

2. Luuthian (Posts: 288; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

No, I'm with you... The problem with most OS's is that they live or die on their apps.

The only real reason Android was able to squeak into the market was because they offered their OS for free, so OEM's had a low risk option to compete with Apple. Also, people love cheap phones. Yes it garnered apps over time, but only once it grew large enough to be stand up and be noticed. Even today Android is far from obtaining the level of quality and number of apps that Apple commands. Otherwise Android was very "meh" until 4.0 hit.

The problem all these other OS' face is they won't have it so easy. Competition is actually stiff between a number of companies already and their markets have had time to at least build something of an App foundation. Just ask Microsoft. They're still struggling to find apps and a marketshare foothold several years in.

I like new ideas, but I worry how many we can hadnle at once. I also worry about the longevity of the operating systems...

posted on 28 May 2013, 11:42

3. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Great, another smartphone line to be built by the suicide capital of the high tech manufacturing world. No thank you.

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