October 07, 2013

Foxconn Moving to HTML5 Ecosystem

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry or, as it is more famously known, Foxconn, is moving forward with a draft of the development of HTML5-based technology. In June of this year, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mozilla (NewsAlert) for strategic cooperation in order to develop HTML5 for its cloud computing platform for different type of devices.

During the announcement, Foxconn said it was implementing an Internet data center to establish an HTML5 application R&D center at the Kaohsiung Software Park, with up to 3,000 engineers and software professionals by the end of the year.

The move is designed to take advantage of a marketplace that is shifting from the traditional PC-based ecosystem to HTML5-based environment. As mobile devices continue to outsell traditional PCs, more hardware manufacturers, software vendors, and value added service providers are adopting HTML5 to address the needs of consumers.

As a manufacturer of some of the most recognized consumer electronic brands in the world, Foxconn is positioning itself to remain relevant by adopting the latest technology to its platform. The news of companies such as BlackBerry (News Alert) and Nokia essentially becoming obsolete because of complacency is pushing organizations to put more effort into looking ahead to see what is available.

The move by Foxconn to invest in its software park at the Smart Network System Institute is partially being funded by the government of Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry (NewsAlert). The development of HTML5 based applications is going to be driven by the institute as well as local industry sectors to exchange technology based on this platform.

As more HTML5 compatible browsers enter the marketplace, this platform will replace the previous HyperText Markup Language (HTML) version. This is especially the case in mobile devices, because HTML5 can run on smartphones and tablets without consuming too much power.

Foxconn is one of the largest original design manufacturers (ODMs) in the world employing a global workforce of almost 1,000,000 in Asia, Europe, and South America. With revenues totaling more than $100 billion in 2012, the company is a considerable force in the implementation of new technologies in consumer electronics.

Edited by Alisen Downey


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