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That was fast. Less than a week after Re/code broke so-called news out of China that Nokia was returning to the phone manufacturing fold via its patent licensing division Nokia Technologies, the Finland-based company has issued a statement via their website denying its intent to re-enter the cell phone space in which they for so long ruled. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive. Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets."   The Re/code... Read more...
Flying high on the success of its iPhone trade-in program in the U.S., Apple is reportedly going to introduce a similar incentive in the China with the help of Foxconn. Beginning March 31, owners of older iPhone models will be able to trade their devices in at Apple Store locations in China and receive credit for the company's products.Apple isn't getting into the used phone business, though Foxconn is more than happy to purchase the traded-in models and flip them back to consumers who might not be interested in or able to afford a shiny new flagship model.As they're accustomed to doing, Apple and Foxconn will work closely on the program (Foxconn is Apple's main supplier of iPhones and other... Read more...
Terry Gou, Chief Executive Officer at Foxconn, had an ambition goal in mind for 2015: replace one million workers with robots for menial tasks during the assembly of consumer electronic devices, including those sold by companies like Apple. With Foxconn coming under increased scrutiny for labor violations and workers demanding higher wages, replacing workers with robots that don’t require payment or complain about working conditions could be just what the doctor ordered. However, Jiemian, a Chinese financial publication, reports (via G for Games) that not all is going according to plan. While Foxconn has plans to field a fully automated plant within five to ten years, its first foray into the... Read more...
One of the rumors leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was that Apple's flagship phones would sport sapphire glass displays, the same material found on its Touch ID sensor and covering the camera lenses. Unfortunately, Apple's relationship with sapphire glass supplier GT Advanced turned sour and the company ultimately filed for bankruptcy, so it wasn't meant to be. That's the bad news. The good news is that Foxconn may emerge as a sapphire glass supplier.Foxconn already handles the bulk of production for Apple's mobile devices, including its iPhone line, leaving little to no room to focus on building sapphire glass displays. However, the company reportedly plans to spend... Read more...
Is there truly a problem in the design of the iPhone 6 Plus that makes it prone to bending and warping? If you ask that question to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, he'll tell you quite emphatically that not only is the whole "bendgate" thing being blown way out of proportion, but that rival phone makers who stand to gain from Apple's negative publicity are the ones spreading the FUD. "This was all caused by distortions from competitors. Don't blindly listen to it," Gou said in a Chinese-language news video posted to YouTube (we're trusting PCWorld's translation on this one). Foxconn has a vested interest in the success of the iPhone, as it's the primary manufacturer of Apple's handsets. However, the company... Read more...
Curved displays are a relatively new development in the consumer space. Samsung is super proud of its curved 4K television, and in mobile, both Samsung and LG are showing off curved smartphones, which they say are designed to fit rear pockets. However, not everyone is convinced that this is the future of display design. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou is among the critics who don't see a need or reason for curved smartphones. "People are talking about, wow, displays that can transform, but they forget that you have to be able to use these devices," Gou said at Foxconn's shareholder meeting, according to PCWorld. It's interesting that Gou would have anything all to say on the matter, though it could be... Read more...
As part of BlackBerry's attempted comeback tour, the Canadian handset maker today officially unveiled its new BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition smartphone during a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia. As the model name implies, this budget friendly device is being built exclusively for Indonesia, though the other notable thing about the Jakarta Edition is that it's BlackBerry's first handset co-created with Foxconn. Otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn's parent company), you might recognize the name from any of the many other devices it builds, including Apple's iPhone and other gadgets. There's a market for low-cost handsets in Indonesia (and other parts of the world), and it's currently... Read more...
It's no secret that companies like to outsource production to overseas markets where labor is cheap and labor laws are often lax, to put it nicely. That isn't about to change, though it's nice to see companies move at least some of their manufacturing operations to U.S. soil, such as Motorola did when it started building Moto X devices in the state of Texas. Motorola isn't the only one looking stateside. Apple in November of last year announced plans to build a manufacturing facility in Arizona that it expects to create some 2,000 jobs, and now we've learned that Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) is thinking about opening up a plant in the U.S. as well. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told reporters at... Read more...
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... Read more...
Apple’s new flagship handset, the iPhone 5S, may be experiencing the occasional Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), but the new and less expensive iPhone 5C may be experiencing some death of its own. According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Apple has told its two suppliers (Pegatron and Foxconn) that it is reducing orders for Q4 2013, which points to weaker-than-expected sales. Orders for Pegatron were reportedly cut by about 20%, while those for Foxconn were around 30%. It’s not terribly surprising that the iPhone 5C isn’t doing all that well. From the very first rumor, the handset was associated with terms such as “cheap” and “plastic”, and there... Read more...
If you thought the mobile wars were interesting now, just wait until Mozilla enters the fray with its Firefox operating system. Firefox, as you know, enjoys a rather large following in the browser market, and though the smartphone and tablet categories are both dominated by Android and iOS (in that order), Mozilla may have what it takes to make it a legitimate three-way race (yes, Windows Phone/Windows 8 and BlackBerry are contenders too, but it's Android and iOS that are found on 9 out of 10 smartphone devices). Mozilla may also get a bit of help from Hon Hai Precision. Foxconn's parent company is said to be working with Mozilla to launch a mobile device that runs on Firefox. Details are almost... Read more...
It's been awhile since we've heard about worker suicides taking place at Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) and we hoped it would stay that way. Unfortunately, it appears that three more individuals may have decided to end their lives, something that has been an ongoing problem at Foxconn amid reports of poor working conditions. These are three separate incidents that occurred within the past four weeks, according to PCWorld. The first occured on April 27 when a worker employed at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou fell to his death. It happened again at the same plant on May 14. In between those two incidents, a worker at Foxconn's Chongqing facility was found dead on May 11. Police are investigating... Read more...
A Chinese language newspaper is reporting that Apple wasn't the least bit happy with the appearance and/or functionality of a recent batch of iPhone devices manufactured by Foxconn, and so it rejected the order. Based on a supposed conversation it had with several Foxconn insiders who asked not be named, China Business reports at least 5 million iPhones were returned, and perhaps as many as 8 million. According to China Business (via Google Translate), it costs Foxconn around $200 to produce each iPhone. That means Foxconn will have to swallow as much as $1.6 billion if the number of returned iPhones is closer to 8 million than 5 million. Even on the lower end of the scale, Foxconn's looking... Read more...
Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai has just joined the stable of other companies that have had to sign a patent deal with Microsoft in order to produce and sell Android-based smartphones. Despite the Android OS being a Google product, Microsoft has long convinced those who produce Android devices to pay royalties, as it believes that Google implements technologies patented by itself. Most vendors have agreed to these terms to avoid messy court battles, although Google has always considered Microsoft's claims to be bogus. Back in 2011, we reported that Microsoft had increased its pressure on the market enough to receive royalties on a staggering 50% of Android devices sold. Where that percentage... Read more...
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