Taiwan's Hon Hai mulls offering cross-platform mobile apps

Manufacturing conglomerate that runs Foxconn vertically integrates its technologies to offer software applications on Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8.

Taiwan's Hon Hai group, which owns contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn, is reportedly planning to offer cross-platform mobile applications that can run on major operating systems (OSes), namely, Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows 8.

According to a Central News Agency report Monday, Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said in a shareholder meeting the company had vertically integrated its technologies and was among a few worldwide able to tap these three major OSes simultaneously.

Gou added that Hon Hai was well-poised to enter the applications space on the screens of various end-user devices, from smartphones and tablets, to television sets and large-sized outdoor LED (light-emitting diode) displays--all of which were connected to each other via cloud computing.

He also said he was confident Hon Hai could compete against South Korean rival, Samsung, in high-resolution display technology through research and development, thanks to its partnership with Japanese electronics company Sharp.

Foxconn last March increased its stake in Sharp, becoming the latter's largest shareholder with 10 percent ownership.