Mozilla partners with Foxconn, new Firefox OS device reveal expected on 3 June

28 May 2013

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A press conference will take place on Monday, 3 June, as Mozilla and Foxconn Technology Group announce their partnership on Firefox OS.

Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is the electronics manufacturer best known for the production of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPods. But the Taiwanese company has contracts with a number of major tech companies, including Amazon, Google and Microsoft, too.

As of Monday, Mozilla will join that list as it officially announces its partnership with Foxconn, according to Focus Taiwan. Foxconn is the 19th company Mozilla has partnered with as it seeks hardware-makers and telecom operators to support its Firefox OS mobile operating system.

In January this year, developer preview Firefox OS smartphones built by Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone were revealed, but a consumer model has not yet made it to market. While it is expected that the announcement on Monday will also come with a product reveal, this may be a tablet and not a new smartphone.

To date, LG Electronics, ZTE, Huawei and TCL Corporation have all committed to building Firefox OS devices.

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Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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