Foxconn and Mozilla team up for Firefox device

Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, has teamed up with Mozilla to create a device running the Firefox operating system, according to a Mozilla spokesperson.

The duo were tight-lipped on details of the new device, but it is expected to be a tablet computer, with a full unveiling planned for 3 June.

The move marks a change of pace for Foxconn, which makes an estimated 60 per cent of its revenue from assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple. Falling demand for Apple products has affected Foxconn's profit, prompting it to look to alternative sources for expansion.

Other companies with a similar “eggs in one basket” approach to working with Apple have also been pushing for diversification, such as the newly formed Japan Display, a 2012 merger of the display units of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba.

Mozilla has also inked deals with Alcatel, LG and ZTE to create more Firefox-powered devices. Huawei is expected to follow later this year, according to Reuters.

Firefox OS will face an uphill battle, as there is already significant competition in the smartphone and tablet arena. Mozilla claims that it is the open source nature of its new operating system that differentiates it from the others, but Google's dominating Android platform already fits the bill for that category. However, early popularity with developers is an encouraging factor.