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Rumors have it that Mozilla has teamed up with Taiwan based Foxconn to manufacture a new tablet that will be powered with Firefox OS. In fact, both companies have sent out press invitation for the press event that will be held on 3rd June.
The invitation only talks about a new yet unknown device. So, it’s not confirmed whether it is going to be a smartphone, phablet or tablet. However, a reliable source has told Focus Taiwan that device which Mozilla and Foxconn are talking about is a tablet PC. In the recent past, there were a lot of rumors about Mozilla that it was working on producing a tablet running on Firefox operating system. In the past months, Mozilla had unveiled two low-priced smartphones.
The sale of the two smartphones namely Keon and Peak were carried by a Spanish firm called Geeksphone. Both the phones were aimed at developers for building new apps that can work seamlessly on the new Firefox OS. The phones are yet to hit the US markets and the performance of both the phones will mean a lot to Mozilla. The nonprofit organization, Mozilla aims to gain a foothold in the US markets through these phones.
Even though Firefox OS is in its initial stages, it has acquired support from various across the globe such as Deutsche Telekom, China Unicomm and America Movil. When the Mobile Congress event was held in February, at that time Mozilla had claimed that they will be approaching 18 cellular service providers and 4 mobile phone manufacturers. Till now, it has managed to work with LG Electronics, Alcatel, Huawei and ZTE for manufacturing Firefox OS powered devices.
The cellular network providers that Mozilla has partnered with are lesser known providers in US. Firefox aims to manufacture budget phones to sell in budget-conscious areas. Mozilla is very popular for its Firefox internet browser. At the moment, Firefox is very little compared to giants like Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It will take quite some time for the operating system to take upon big ones in the market.
The Firefox internet browser is not supported on iOS and even on Android, it is not the default internet browser. So, it makes sense for Mozilla to plunge into manufacturing its own devices by teaming up with other makers. In future, Mozilla aims to partner with well-known carries which will definitely help in popularizing the Firefox OS.
Tech enthusiasts are quite curious about the new device (may be a tablet) from Mozilla that is going to be unveiled on 6th June. We will have to wait for the press event to unfold to know more about the mysterious device running on Firefox.