Firm to hire 3,000 for Firefox system

AFP-JIJI

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision said Thursday it aims to hire up to 3,000 new employees to develop devices and software for Mozilla’s Firefox operating system as it seeks to diversify from its core manufacturing services.

They will mainly be engineers responsible for software research and development on the Linux-based open source operating system and for cloud computing at a software technology park in the city of Kaohsiung, the tech giant said in a statement.

Hon Hai, better known by its trade name Foxconn and a major supplier to Apple, announced the Mozilla tie-up earlier this month as it looks to move beyond manufacturing services that yield low margins.

Under the agreement, Hon Hai will work with Mozilla to promote the nonprofit organization’s Firefox OS. It plans to produce five devices running on Firefox.

The operating system will allow HTML5 apps to communicate directly with the hardware and is being developed by Mozilla as an open web mobile operating system.

Hon Hai has said that it hopes the platform will become another option for clients aside from Android and Apple’s iOS.