Mozilla To Shut Down Firefox OS
Mozilla is ending its fling with mobile operating system technology. At its annual developer conference in Orlando, the maker of the open source web browser announced that it will stop developing and selling phones based on the Firefox OS.
That being true, now it is pivoting the strategy for the platform and will continue experimenting how it works with Internet of Things devices.
“We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices. We will build everything we do as a genuine open source project, focused on user experience first and build tools to enable the ecosystem to grow.
Firefox OS proved the flexibility of the Web, scaling from low-end smartphones all the way up to HD TVs. However, we weren’t able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels.
We’ll share more on our work and new experiments across connected devices soon,” said Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices.
Firefox OS was different from mobile operating systems provided by Apple, Google, Microsoft and Blackberry as it focused on using web technologies for a native app experience than native applications. It also focused on providing an experience for developing markets and affordable hardware.
As Android has grown in stature Google proved that phones running its operating system could be affordable and be relatively powerful, while providing a rich experience to even a low-end user. Firefox OS was too late in the game and found few takers.
In India, the first phone based on the Firefox OS was launched by local vendor Intex and was soon followed by Spice mobile.
For Mozilla, it is also a case of cleaning house. Recently, the company announced that it will find buyers for its longstanding Thunderbird email client and chat client.