Hon Hai, Mozilla to release Firefox OS tablets for developers - Focus Taiwan

Hon Hai, Mozilla to release Firefox OS tablets for developers

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Mozilla Corp., developer of the Firefox web browser, will team up with Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. to release a free tablet PC based on the Firefox operating system for developers, hoping to spawn more Firefox applications.

The roll-out of the free tablets is part of the Contribution Program that aims to encourage more developers around the world to join the Firefox OS ecosystem and improve the tablet version of the open platform, Mozilla said in a statement on Tuesday.

Hon Hai, which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc., said it will continue its participation in Firefox OS training courses, forums and app competitions, and promote the developer program at schools interested in the Firefox OS.

"During the period of building Firefox OS tablets with Mozilla, Hon Hai has realized that the global developer community that Mozilla owns is a great power to drive the development of HTML5-based Web technologies," said Young Liu, the general manager of Hon Hai innovation Digital System Business Group.

"The participation of Mozilla's global community will contribute to the Firefox OS, HTML5 and other Web technologies, and benefit all our customers," Liu said in the statement.

The two companies announced a wide-ranging partnership in June last year to collaborate on the use of the Firefox OS open platform, which is based on HTML5 and open Web technologies.

Hon Hai, known in China as Foxconn Technology Group, said in October that it hopes to build an industry exchange platform and an ecosystem in Taiwan for the HTML5 technology.

The HTML5 platform is expected to be built gradually from 2014, and the web technology will contribute greatly to Hon Hai's business strategy, which is aimed at covering everything from mobile phones and tablets to PCs, TVs and beyond, according to the company.

(By Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM/ls

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