While there is not much room for being a mobile operating system unless you are already one of the world’s top 6, it will not stop some names from trying to make that breakthrough into the realm of market leaders, as American ‘free software’ giants Mozilla plan to release a tablet computer that runs on their own-brand ‘Firefox OS’.
Collaborating with Taiwanese company Foxconn (a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Industry), best known for being the manufacturers of the iPad, the aim of the new product is to be one that is geared towards the ‘budget’ section of the global tablet computer market, according to CNET.
Rumoured for a 3 June reveal at a Mozilla event, the product will become the first publicly-available item supported by Firefox OS, with the open-source operating system having originally been created with budget smartphones in mind as a future goal, alongside the continuing development of what is mainly an optional download operating system compatible with Android devices.
These goals have so far been performed through the handsets ‘Keon’ and ‘Peak’, for third party app developers, and with Foxconn’s involvement in the latest project making them the 19th company to make use of the operating system, joining names such as Alcatel and Huawei.
It seems, however, that Foxconn’s involvement in the tablet computer will make theirs the most important in the history of Firefox OS, but in a market that has clear dominance by a small number of companies, can the option that “makes the mobile web more accessible to more people” become a success? Failing such a mission, the pair could always go for broke and just recruit as many other partners as possible with the word ‘fox’ in their name somewhere…