It may not make headlines very often, but rest assured, Mozilla
is hard at work developing its Firefox OS
, which it will undoubtedly show off at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month. Mozilla's hope is that more Firefox OS devices will penetrate the market, and getting the OS onto tablets is a big step in that direction. Even bigger is scoring Foxconn as a manufacturing partner.
Foxconn is a major force on the manufacturing side of things with a long list of clients that include Apple, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Panasonic, and several other tech titans. That list now includes Mozilla, for which Foxconn will build reference tablets based on Firefox OS.
"We are launching a new contribution program aimed at accelerating the build of Firefox OS for tablets and its supporting ecosystem. To do this, we will provide dedicated contributors with access to resources and reference tablet hardware," Mozilla said. "We have to make the hardware available before the software is final to make it possible for contributors around the world to help us complete the build of Firefox OS for tablets."
The reference tablet will sport a 10-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and of course Firefox OS. It will measure 267mm by 171mm by 9.7mm and weight 580g. Keep in mind that this isn't a commercial product, but a reference blueprint to make it easier for third-party manufacturers to jump on board.