Technology Analyst Jeff Kagan on Foxconn Making Mozilla Firefox OS Smartphones

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Tech Analyst Jeff Kagan is available to speak with reporters, or may be quoted through this release.

Jeff KAGAN, Industry Analyst

Technology Industry Analyst Jeff Kagan is available to speak with reporters, or may be quoted through this release.

Foxconn is expanding beyond building Apple devices like the iPhone to other smartphone makers like the brand new Mozilla Firefox OS smartphones, according to the LA Times on May 29.

Technology industry analyst Jeff Kagan comments on this story.

“Mozilla Firefox is growing beyond their computer based web browser into the rapidly expanding wireless smartphone space. Mozilla Firefox OS is new in this space, and will compete directly with Apple iPhone iOS and Google Android OS. Today Apple and Google have the vast majority of users, but it’s important to remember we are only in the first inning of this ball game. There will be a lot of change coming,” says Principal analyst Jeff Kagan.

“It’s not like this industry segment has been around for a long time. Even though they are very successful, it’s not like today’s leaders are guaranteed to hold onto the majority of market share. Change happens all the time. That means there are loads of new opportunities for those who are successful at thinking outside of the box,” says analyst Kagan.

This is a real opportunity for for both Mozilla Firefox OS and for Foxconn to capture a part of this growing market share.

Foxconn is building Mozilla Firefox OS smartphones, which are to be released this year in emerging markets in Latin America and Europe. Foxconn clients currently include Sony, Huawei and ZTE. These companies have said they will also work with Mozilla on devices using Firefox OS. Foxconn also has many more of the largest smartphone makers as clients.

“I have been saying for quite a while that the real interesting growth story of the year in the smartphone market will come from the Tier 2 players. We have been so consumed watching Google Android and Apple iPhone that we never paid much attention to which would become number three? That is the real battleground today,” says Kagan.

Foxconn Technology Group is based in Taiwan and makes smartphone devcies for many competitors. “This company seems to be playing the smartphone market opportunity the right way. They are making both high-end and low-end devices, for many smartphone makers, in major markets and secondary markets around the world. Their business model is diversification and it seems to be working,” says Kagan.

Mozilla Firefox OS may expand into the mainstream smartphone market, but is getting started in smaller and emerging markets like Latin America and Europe. Their $50 price point strikes the right balance for growth in these markets.

About Jeff Kagan

Jeff Kagan is a Technology Industry Analyst and consultant who is regularly quoted by the media over 25 years. He offers comment on wireless, telecom and tech news stories to reporters and journalists.

He is also known as a Tech Analyst, Wireless Analyst, Telecom Analyst and Principal Analyst depending on the focus of the story.

He follows wireless, telecom, Internet, cable television and IPTV. He also follows the wide consumer electronics and technology space.

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