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Hon Hai planning to offer cross-platform applications

TAIPEI -- Hon Hai Group, the world's largest contract electronics maker, said yesterday it is gearing up to offer cross-platform applications since it has completed vertical integration of new technologies.

Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said at a shareholders' general meeting that the group has become one of the few companies worldwide that are capable of tapping into Apple's Inc.'s iOS, Google Inc.'s Android and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8 operating systems at the same time.

The conglomerate has integrated new technologies into software applications, which can be used in any of the three operating systems, he said.

In terms of research and development, Gou said he is confident that Hon Hai will beat South Korean rival Samsung Electronics Co. in high-resolution display technology through its partnership with Japan's Sharp Corp.

Hon Hai has also developed both in-cell and on-cell technologies to make thinner and lighter touch panels, Gou added.

He said Hon Hai is well poised to break into applications on multiple screens from smart phones, tablets, and TVs to large-sized outdoor LED displays, with these end-user devices connected to each other via cloud computing technology.

Hon Hai is the main contract manufacturer of Apple products.

Gou also said the group has the advanced technology and high-definition displays that will be used in Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 8 operating system.

The touch-enabled Windows 8 is expected to shift PC input models from the traditional keyboard and mouse to touch control, eye control and voice control, Gou said.

The new Windows 8 involves the use of cutting-edge technology in areas such as machinery, optics, material, software and battery, he said. Hon Hai has made progress in terms of machinery and optical technology as well as energy-saving battery technology, he said.

In the field of high-definition displays, Hon Hai is one of the three most competitive makers in the world, he said.

He said Hon Hai has assigned two task forces to work with panel suppliers Sharp Corp. of Japan and Chimei Innolux Corp. of Taiwan on research into low-radiation, high-definition displays and eye-control technology.

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Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou, right, presides over the firm's shareholders' meeting yesterday. He said the group is gearing up to offer cross-platform applications since it has completed vertical integration of new technologies.(CNA)



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